SPC2011: Clearing away the clouds: what’s hype and what’s real about cloud adoption

Notes from the SharePoint Conference 2011
Session:  Clearing away the clouds: what’s hype and what’s real about cloud adoption

Benefits

  • capability on demand
  • reduce cost

Approaches

  • Most companies start by moving their email to the cloud
  • Also consider try before buying

Challenge: end users overlook IT and engage cloud services

Getting Ready

  • Engage compliance/legal groups
  • Determine why to move to the cloud (ie. flexibility, cost)
  • Determine where to start (ie. email, storage, business applications)
  • Find areas of least risk
  • Look for vendors
  • Create criteria for moving off the pilot
  • Create criteria for success

Why to consider waiting

  • Complex customizations
  • Cost saving is the only driver
  • Custom applications/integration
  • No buy-in from upper management

Talking to the boss

  • Compare cloud to current
  • Don’t minimize risk
  • Describe exit plan
  • Make sure peer and other leaders are behind it
  • Research what other organizations are doing
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