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If you want to reap the benefits of cloud computing, but need assistance navigating the intricacies of developing a secure and reliable cloud-hosted infrastructure, ADS IT Solutions is available to help guide your organization on its unique path to the cloud.

Depending upon your industry, corporate culture, business processes, user base, existing technologies and more, your ideal cloud solution—and the process you use to get there—will look very different than that of other organizations.

Rely on our Virtualization and Cloud team—with an average of 20 years of experience in evaluating, selecting and deploying innovative technologies for customers — to help you approach the cloud strategically, with both technology and business objectives in mind.

Cloud services will let startups act like much larger companies with large IT staffs. At the same time, they will let large, established companies become more agile and bring products to market more quickly. - InformationWeek

At ADS IT Solutions, we partner with our customers to create strategic infrastructures that enable organizations to “walk their way into the cloud.” This is because, although hosting and running your business on the cloud is relatively simple, the process of getting there is much more complex.

When moving to a cloud-based infrastructure, it’s important to understand that this solution is more than a technology play—it will affect the way your business as a whole is run.

Therefore, communication with the entire C-suite about corporate objectives, how cloud computing can help you achieve a competitive advantage, and candid discussions about how the technology may impact corporate culture is a must.

In addition, educating employees about how the technology may affect their end-point access, devices and user experience is key to gaining buy-in, and avoiding roadblocks along the way.

Strategic Approach to Cloud Computing

The rate of cloud adoption continues to increase, and with it new technologies are frequently introduced and improved. Due to the volatility of this market, as CIO one must have a long-term strategic outlook, with the ability think and execute in shorter timelines, and a willingness to adapt in real time.

To get you to the cloud, we begin with an assessment: a discovery phase during which we get to know your current state and business challenges. This helps us understand the daily pain points faced by end users and business leaders, short- and long-term business goals, and how IT can help the business move ahead competitively.

We’ll discuss many factors to consider, from both a tactical and strategic standpoint.

For example, on the tactical side, it’s important to understand the following:

  • What devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, thin clients, etc.) are in use?
  • What are our end points? How are they secured?
  • How and where do end users access printers?
  • How does the organization handle data storage? How are files backed up? How much data is stored, and where?
  • How is the network designed? What systems do we regularly use and rely on, and how are they accessed within the network?
  • What processes will be put in place to ensure ongoing management and control of our data, and insight into end-user interaction with applications?

And, from a strategic perspective:

  • What security concerns might we face, and how can we alleviate them? Consider the network, data, end-user devices and personnel.
  • What regulatory and compliance issues must we adhere to? These may be more stringent in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare.
  • What are we hoping to achieve, in regard to business process and agility?
  • How will virtualization and a cloud infrastructure affect end-user experience and corporate culture?
  • How will IT’s role within the organization shift?
  • How can we use the cloud to innovate faster than the competition?
  • With the assessment complete, we develop a proof of concept, including a strategic roadmap of planned updates, which has the ability to adapt in real time to changing technologies and environments. We plan out specifically what to accomplish in the upcoming quarter, accompanied by a long-term strategic lookout, as opposed to a static two-year plan.

In most cases, the roadmap includes four major steps—server virtualization, application and/or desktop virtualization, private cloud and public cloud—with customized approaches to each based on the assessment findings.