With so many programs, systems, and devices on the marketplace today, where do you start when you want to run an efficient, automated practice? Cloud-first adoption is more popular than ever.
Cloud-first strategies are a set of business practices that aim to utilize cloud-based products whenever possible. As a cloud-first organization has new needs and comes up with new ideas, they consider cloud computing services before any others.
The rationale is that cloud-based processes will give any organization the biggest bang for their buck. They are usually some of the most cost-effective strategies available, and can provide services, tasks, and applications anywhere, anytime.
Cloud-first mentality, however, isn’t meant to be the only approach. As IT teams design new systems and strategies, looking to implement cloud-first options is a great place to start. When it works.
Too often, cloud-first teams also adopt a cloud-only mindset, assuming the only place they will find what they are looking for is with cloud-based applications. While the cloud can handle many different tasks, many organizations still use on-site hardware or software to operate efficiently. Switching every function over to the cloud may be more cost-effective, but it might actually prohibit productivity. Every decision should be weighed on a case-by-case basis.
Still, cloud-first decision making is a logical approach to creating the most efficiently run enterprises out there. If you’re incorporating a cloud-first strategy for the new year, these three things can help.
IT and business should work together
Your cloud strategy should always be looked at from both your IT and business goals. If operations are more efficient and flexible utilizing a cloud-based system, and it makes sense from both a technology and business sense, then it’s time to move forward. IT doesn’t always share the same views as business and vice versa. But when the two come together, it’s often the best solution for everyone involved.
Establish the right team
Like any business decision, if you leave your infrastructure to chance, you’re more vulnerable to risks. To develop a robust cloud-first plan, it’s important to have a team that can ensure it’s set up correctly. Many organizations set up a committee to set goals, create training programs, as well as look for new opportunities. They take a supporting role in ensuring technology works in the best way possible.
It’s not a race
Even though cloud-based applications are everywhere, it’s important to realize you have time to make the right decisions for your practice. Applications are always being created and updated to offer stronger, better solutions. When something works, spend the time searching out ways to make it better rather than merely replacing it so you can say you’re cloud-based. The flexibility of cloud-first can be appealing, but ensuring everyone on your team accepts your new strategies as they happen wins out every time.
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