For ‘the sky’s the limit’. People keep saying this proverb. Nevertheless, we choose to keep mum about what exactly likes underneath the sky. There lie thunderstorms, lightning, and strong winds to name a few. After all, reaching the clouds is no easy feat and includes loads of struggle and roadblocks. The same applies to cloud technology and cloud computing as well.
Looking at the brighter aspect, cloud offers the unparalleled benefits of agility, flexibility, and scalability. On the other side, a minutest of slip-up or goof-up can land a business in troubled waters.
Here are five such stupid mistakes that businesses end up doing in the cloud:
- Moving everything into the cloud
- Lack of disaster recovery plan
Everything you decide to move is 100% secure and safe, right? Well yes, if you do your part. For example, when moving your customer data to a cloud CRM system, it is advisable to ascertain the uptime from the vendor before actually initiating the move. Though cloud-based CRM software offers automatic data restoration/recovery, it is good to have a backup plan ready. What if some hacker or a dissatisfied admin wipes out all the customer data? You certainly wouldn’t want that to happen! Thus, having a backup plan saves the day for you.
- Migrating with an untrained crew
Despite the global acceptance and recognition that cloud technology has gathered over the years, many IT people still are clueless as to what cloud actually is and how it works. On the other hand, hiring cloud-savvy people is another challenging task. Many businesses commit the grave mistake of migrating to cloud with an untrained or amateur IT crew only to end up incurring additional costs.
- Ignoring security
Security undeniably has to be the top priority when working with cloud. The kind of security that a business chooses to have for a particular cloud application ought to correspond with the kind of data the application manages or handles. For example, a CRM system that deals with sensitive customer data ought to be authenticated and encrypted with stringent access rights.
- Having unrealistic expectations
Many business owners tend to set up unrealistic expectations when working with cloud. For instance, hosting documents, database and email apps on a cloud CRM solution shouldn’t be an issue, but running heavy graphics, videos and other related applications might need additional or specific hardware. Thus, it is good to have a consultant to understand and set realistic expectations before migrating.
Cloud technology has greatly transformed the way we do business whilst helping businesses become more productive and agile. However, to get the most out of your cloud investment, it is advisable to understand the cloud and its mechanism before taking the leap.
Last but not least, a surefire yet secure means to avert cloud mistakes is roping in the services of an expert cloud vendor for a trouble-free and smooth migration.
Anwar Shaikh writes about cloud technology, AI, business intelligence and enterprise management systems including ERP and CRM systems. A self-made writer and Digital Marketing Manager, Anwar writes for Sage Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise management solutions to small and mid-sized businesses in India.