Cloud computing has hit the business world like a tsunami. It’s big. And it’s so big in fact that many companies can’t see it because they’re looking at the forest instead of the trees. If you believe the time has come to start operating in the cloud, go into it with your head on straight and avoid these 6 common mistakes:

  1. Mistaking the hosting platform for the architecture – Many businesses see the move from traditional computing to cloud computing as simply a move from on-premises to off-premises. Big mistake. There are so many nuances in service options to consider. You have to think about security, integration, service management, etc. Don’t go into it blind.
  2. Thinking it’s an all or nothing deal – The hype around cloud computing has risen to a fevered pitch. So much so that many business executives think that they must move every piece of data in their companies to the cloud. Not true. The key to a successful transition is knowing what to move, and when.
  3. Failing to define “success” – Too many companies see cloud computing as the way to fix all problems. But they don’t count the cost and don’t set clearly defined goals.
  4. Failing to do due diligence – Don’t go with the lowest price service provider you find. Many traditional hosting companies are rebranding themselves as cloud hosting providers, but do they really have the experience and skill to pull it off? Do your due diligence.
  5. Not having a real picture of the costs – Cloud computing has been billed as cheaper than running a full IT department. For many companies, that’s true. But many companies, once they make the move, think they are paying more. What they don’t understand is the true value of each piece that they are paying for. Be sure you have a good understanding of the real costs involved.
  6. Failing to do anything at all – Many companies are talking about it and even go through the trouble of “investigating” cloud computing, but they haven’t acted yet. You’ll never reap the benefits of cloud computing if you don’t get started.