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The cloud is perhaps one of the most important inventions in computing history, having completely altered storage as well as general processing. It is diverse in its application, being just as useful for the individual user looking to store documents, as the enterprise looking to move their entire operational infrastructure to cyberspace.
The ability to pool processes and resources together in one convenient place, from where they can be accessed by anyone, is a major step forward toward the completely virtualized machines of tomorrow. However, before this can happen, cloud computing does present some challenges which IT teams and cloud managers will need to overcome.
Here, let us discuss which major problems plague cloud computing in 2018, and how we can mitigate them through dedicated cloud training.
For many organizations, moving to a cloud-first model means adapting to a single, seemingly inadequate machine with the entirety of the storage base absent. The visual absence of large storage units alone is enough to confuse some, and if that does not have an impact, the usage of sometimes radically different cloud-based software and collaboration tools certainly will.
Then there is the change in the operational models, with more cloud-oriented infrastructure. Now, this is not as major an issue, since 88 percent of companies in a Forrester cloud predictions report for 2018 will have adopted cloud-based operations by the end of 2018. Additionally, there is a possibility of shortage of skills when it comes to operating software systems that are cloud-exclusive. Despite the fact that the latest offerings by established software companies, in terms of cloud software, is very easy to use, teams may still require training in order to streamline operations sufficiently.
On the forefront, the technology and development teams may already have migrated to the cloud completely. However, processes such as billing and acquiring systems, as well as capital expenditures, will have a tougher time with the transition, since these traditionally internal data center systems will be moving to a more subscription-based model.
Also, employee compensation could be an issue, once again due to the subsequent absence of internal datacenters which stored employee attendance and performance data, which now has to be stored, accessed and processed all in the cloud.
Cloud technologies are more advanced than ever and service delivery is not a problem for a major cloud service provider. However, not all enterprises can have access to the aforementioned major providers due to either cost-related issues or systems incompatibility. This leaves them to rely on more affordable, though not always reliable cloud service vendors who may have difficulty maintaining delivery consistency, zero downtime and uninterrupted connection.
Downtime is not limited to smaller scale cloud providers, since even major companies cannot ensure continuous service for the entirety of the subscription cycle. This problem persists even in this day and age of platform advancement and backups for backups.
An enterprise can often get cloud solutions based on one single brand, very easily. What is not so easy to find, is a cloud service provider that packages different solutions into one bundle, based on the demands of the customer, and presents them for subscription. This is a major issue for customers who prefer various brand software that may not come together in one suite.
Integrating cloud solutions by different providers into one solid cloud platform will easy customer-end processes, however, the ability to provide said platform has not been developed yet. This can be attributed to cloud service providers having no underlying infrastructure with seamless hardware to app functionality in multi-cloud environments.
The operation costs for cloud services can vary, and unlike the traditional budget, one allocated for cloud-based operations may not always be as static. The financial aspects presents one of the biggest challenges for cloud adoption and operation at the grassroots level. Almost all cloud solutions cost a significant amount for a small company to operate on the enterprise level. Combine this with the amount of usage said service will encompass, and you have costs that will run over budget frequently.
As with any new technological platform, cloud computing requires training to both optimize existing process on the developer and operations end, and streamline back-office systems for more streamlined organizational functionality. Regardless of the size of the enterprise, if your teams are not trained to leverage the collaborative sphere and intelligent virtual machines for efficient-problem solving, there is little to no chance of a healthy bottom line.
Fortunately, cloud training, delivered at the right moment (AND consistently, with each new process or systems introduction), can potentially mitigate any of the inherent problems with cloud adoption, no matter the scale.
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