For over 10 years now, more and more organizations have decided to bring their IT services to the cloud. Specialized IT companies take care of software and platforms, and give access via the internet. What started with small pilots is now mainstream. With increasing quality of internet access, data centers and services, as well as the use of mobile devices, the benefits of cloud computing have become obvious. But recently, some businesses have been reconsidering their choices. Some services turn out to be much more costly than expected. New data protection regulations in the EU and recent incidents in that field raise the question whether data are actually in safe hands with service providers. The right moment to make up our mind again about cloud computing.
In this first article, we will address various quality aspects that are relevant in the software domain. For software companies, these are vital aspects to address while building their products. For any organization that acquires software to support its business processes, the topic is of equal importance. You may have to choose between various vendors to provide you with accounting, payroll or, ERP system or build a tailor-made web application or mobile app for your organization. Do not only look at its purchasing costs but also have a closer look at the quality of the software.
There are different service models in cloud computing
There is a lot of confusion about what cloud computing actually is, but most of the time you hear about the following cloud services:
Moving your IT services to the cloud is a valid choice
Interviews with both managers and IT specialists show the following reasons to decide for cloud services:
Second thoughts: look at the downsides before you decide!
Clearly, cloud services have become the norm as a flexible and cost-effective way to digitalize work processes. Recent concerns on data protection are not likely to change that reality, but will encourage cloud customers to be more conscious. Costs and risks in business simply can never be outsourced.
Diana is a board member of Maxim Nyansa IT solutions foundation in Accra (www.maximnyansa.com) and sales director at Trinity Software Center in Kumasi (www.trinitysoftwarecenter.com).