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Basic Cloud Computing Principles

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  • Cloud Computing or cloud services are the need of the hour but most companies do not know the basic principles of cloud applications. Failing to adhere to these basic cloud principles, the applying industries or companies might spend a large chunk of their cloud budget on ineffectual cloud applications and not get any feasible returns out of them. Here are some basic principles that one should take a note of if thinking of going for cloud application and services.

    The Cost Efficiency principle: You should weigh the investment and returns on cloud applications and traditional desktop applications. Invariably, the cloud solutions would be cheaper but may or may not have all the features that are offered in traditional applications. Under these circumstances, evaluate the need for each extra feature and consider the return on investment. Applying this principle will give you tangible results and also help your business and customers.

    Benefit to business: More savings means more resources available at hand.

    Benefit to customer: You can provide services to your customer at a reasonable cost.

    The Workload Management Principle: Cloud services can help manage the workload better. If you prepare and train your team to make optimum use of cloud resources to manage their workload, they will be able to work smarter and complete tasks on time. Cloud services minimize the workload of each department, which means your resources are well allocated and better utilized.

    Benefit to business: Your team has more time on hand, which means more work can get done with lesser manpower.

    Benefit to customer: You can attend to your customer queries and solve their queries in real time.

    The Security Principle: Security is very crucial for cloud services applications. Since your data and services are on the cloud, anybody can have access to it if you don’t employ good security measures. Streamlining proper access process, authentication and secured access to a restricted number of people to the backend of your system is essential.

    Benefit to business: Your data is safe from competitors, hackers and other security issues.

    Benefit to customer: Your customer will feel safe as no malware or phishing will risk their sensitive information.

    Risk Management: It is advisable to get an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Assessment before adopting cloud application in full throttle. This is because when your company steps into this new world of cloud services, you are taking a risk and without knowing the repercussions of this risk, you should not step into cloud based applications or services.

    Benefit to business: A company if calculates the risks properly may be able to avoid heavy malfunction in the service or product offered.

    Benefit to customer: Getting an ERM done will ensure that the customers’ has an enjoyable experience of your product/service.

    Before implementing cloud services and applications and making it available for the public, lot of brainstorming and discussions are required. Abiding by these principles can be of great advantage to the enterprise and the end-customers.