What Cloud-based services are to be offered to your customers?
What Cloud-based services would support an effective operation?
What are your service level agreements (SLAs) with your clients?
Which compliance or regulatory requirements do you need to satisfy?
What services can be hosted on an external IT infrastructure versus having to host them internally?
How much control do you need on the infrastructure hosting the services?
It is also important to realize that Cloud Computing is evolutionary. The initial goal could very well be just to provide a few services using the Cloud. Later, when users gain more comfort, more services can be provided by the Cloud. The advantages of cost, convenience, availability, and scalability depend on the type of Cloud users plan to deploy. Currently there are four main types of Cloud Computing environments in use:
Leveraging the fast maturing Cloud market and the diverse offerings of the innovative entrants into the marketplace, Cloud models, and the flexibility they offer, are high on an organization’s list of priorities. These entrants continue to offer an expanding range of solutions and are evolving their critical roles in offering Cloud Computing Services.
Donald Houde and Houde Consulting have extensive expertise in analyzing and implementing Cloud Computing Services. As a continual contributor to the Cloud Computing conversation and a co-author of the book “Cloud Computing Black Book” (recently published in India by Wiley & Sons), the approach of Donald Houde and Houde Consulting to an organization’s Cloud Computing Analysis and Certification begins with defining and clarifying the specific relevance of common aspects of Cloud Computing. Examples of key areas supported in his approach include:
Common terms and definitions of Cloud Computing Services
The history, evolution and current state of Cloud Computing Services
Early and current examples of Cloud Computing Services and their successful implementation
Types of client access devices such as mobile, thin and thick clients
Key components and considerations of Cloud Computing Services
Similarities and differences between Cloud Computing Services and Virtualization
Key features of Cloud Computing Services
Various Cloud types such as IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, etc.
Cloud deployment models such as Public, Private, Hybrid and Community
Business scenarios that benefit from Cloud Computing Services
The approach of Donald Houde and Houde Consulting to a successful transition and integration of Cloud Computing Services also addresses one of the greatest impediments to implementing any emerging technology: the misconceptions and myths surrounding that particular technology. The IT industry has a habit of latching onto buzzwords and applying them everywhere. Cloud Computing is no exception. Its adoption can be hindered by socialized myths or misconceptions. Given Cloud Computing’s potential economic benefits, pay-per-use model and real-time flexibility, many times leadership has an ill-informed, misguided, exuberant approach to an organization’s pursuit of Cloud Computing adoption. Even though some myths may have elements of truth associated with them, the Houde Consulting approach to Cloud Computing implementations includes a communications strategy that visits these conversations and generates clarifying responses based upon the unique requirements of each client partner. Examples of these conversations would be Cloud Computing:
As these conversations exemplify, there are many assumptions and myths that have been socialized about Cloud Computing that can impede planning, proper implementation, continuous progress and prevent an organization from realizing the maximum potential of their Cloud Computing investment. The approach of Donald Houde and Houde Consulting to incorporating Cloud Computing as a strategy and tactic for Constructive Transformation© is founded upon an implementation framework that systematically addresses the aforementioned key areas in a manner that demystifies these and other Cloud Computing related conversations.
The approach of Donald Houde and Houde Consulting to Cloud Computing implementations is an extension of their expertise in:
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