Cloud Computing Best Practices to Avoid Pitfalls - Joel Patterson

Cloud Computing Best Practices to Avoid Pitfalls

The future is now, and businesses everywhere are switching to the cloud. I’ve built my career on developing cloud-based solutions that allow businesses to operate seamlessly at any scale, without having to focus as heavily on IT and infrastructure.

While I believe cloud-based computing has far more pros than it does cons, there are still pitfalls to watch out for.

A Smooth Transition

The process of migrating to a new cloud-based computing system brings with it many changes and risk factors. During the transition to a cloud-based system, you are moving sensitive data, and security measures must be put in place to ensure confidentiality.

Your employees also play a big role in achieving a smooth transition. Switching to the cloud will inevitably change the day-to-day processes of your business. These changes ripple out into every department, and if employees aren’t kept informed and sufficiently trained to use the system efficiently, hiccups could ensue.

The best way to avoid the cloud transition blues is to have a thorough plan and work with an expert that can guide you through each step of the process. At The Vested Group, we work with our clients to plan and implement Oracle + NetSuite solutions in a way that keeps their business running smoothly.

Security

While cloud service providers like Oracle + NetSuite have thorough security measures in place to protect their users’ data, there are still potential security risks involved in using the cloud. Security must be at the core of your company’s approach to using cloud-based software. It’s estimated that 95% or more of all cloud security failures are the consumer’s fault, not the cloud service provider (CSP).

Creating a thorough security strategy for your business is essential to protecting sensitive information. These are just a few factors that should be included in your cloud security strategy:

  • Periodic training for all teams on best practices for system security.
  • Limiting access to information based on individual employee needs.
  • Implementing multi-factor authentication for accounts that have access to sensitive data.
  • Regularly updating security policies and procedures to ensure they are still effective.
  • Performing regular system audits to detect any potentially threatening activity.
  • Having a thorough data recovery plan in place in case of a catastrophe.

Get Your Money’s Worth

You might design and implement a system that fits your company’s needs to a tee. It is equipped to streamline processes and make everyone’s life easier. But, after implementation you find that it doesn’t seem to be making life easier, in fact, it seems to be making things harder.

This can happen when your staff doesn’t know what to do with the new technology they’ve been given. It’s important to provide training for your employees so that your company can reap all the benefits of your new system. At The Vested Group, we provide support and education for team members, allowing for a smoother, more efficient transition for everyone.

My team and I are dedicated to finding cloud-based solutions that fit our clients’ needs while actively avoiding these common pitfalls. Don’t try to transition to cloud computing alone. Reach out today to see what we can do for your business.