Cloud-based computing has become a major factor for businesses recently as CIOs and other IT professionals plan their long-term technology strategies. In fact, according to LogicMonitor’s Cloud Vision 2020 study, some 83% of enterprise workloads will be cloud-based by 2020.
There are good reasons why businesses are becoming more interested in what the cloud can offer. The ability to access data from anywhere, enhanced disaster recovery capabilities, increased flexibility, the ability to be elastic and scale as needed as the business grows, the reduction of IT infrastructure costs, and a lessening of the burden placed on IT staffs are all helping to drive this migration to the cloud.
But there are things companies should know prior to making the decision to go with cloud computing. We sat down recently with Peruri Srinivasulu, the CEO and principal architect of Krish Services Group, which in 2016 was awarded a Family Business Achievement Award from Smart Business and is a Gold Microsoft Partner in Application Development and is a Silver Microsoft Partner in Collaboration and Content as well as having deep experience in Microsoft Azure applications. Peruri laid out the three crucial things these businesses should keep in mind to ensure they are properly leveraging the cloud.
1. Think strategically about how you will use Microsoft Office 365 and Azure
Making a migration to the cloud could be a great opportunity for IT executives to take a step back and review their information systems as a whole and modernize their enterprise applications..
One way to do this, Peruri says, could be to leverage Office 365 and Azure cloud services to enhance and power applications. For example, artificial intelligence and natural language processing can be incorporated into internal apps in the form of chatbots, which is an emerging area of AI in which Krish is experienced. As an example, companies could think about the amount of time their staff spends checking inventory following a customer product request. Instead of navigating through ERP and CRM systems, the employee could simply ask the bot the request using conversational text.
2. Understand Microsoft Office 365 cloud services and tools you already have
There is a very good chance businesses have programs that are optimized for cloud use that they are not using, says Peruri. This includes Microsoft Office 365collaboration tools , such as Teams, SharePoint, Flow, and PowerApps
“Once they’re in the cloud, companies have all of these features turned on,” Peruri says. “There’s a lot of horsepower at their fingertips and companies are trying to sort that out.”
3. Find a partner
Going it alone, especially for a small- or mid-sized business, can be a tricky endeavor, Peruri cautions. The cloud is complex with a lot of moving parts and so it can help to have a partner there with you to help automate processes, design portals and collaboration spaces for teams, track data, etc. It’s important to partner with a firm that has deep experience in cloud-based services and also has Microsoft Certifications in such areas as Application Development and Collaboration and Content.
Tim Hopkins, CEO at MedApproved, also attests to the power of partnering with a trusted firm.
“Krish Services has been our trusted technology partner for more than three years. They’ve provided a consultative approach to fully understand our specific needs and have the resources to meet our specifications,” he says. “The team is professional, easy to work with and produces the highest quality work. We’ve experienced working with other groups in the past and we couldn’t be happier to have Krish as our long-term technology partner.”
Founded in 2011, Krish Services Group’s goal is to provide end-to-end services designed to help solve business challenges with innovative software solutions and be a trusted advisor for their clients. Learn more about Krish Services Group by clicking here.