If you’re new to cloud computing you may have a number of concerns about migrating to the cloud. You may want to sweat existing assets — legacy processes and technology. That’s fine. Continue to use what you have in place to deliver the services you currently provide.

However, as a new requirement is identified that your current systems cannot support, why not consider cloud?

Start small.
You can use one project with a focused team to dip your toe in the water, to test the cloud.

You may be concerned you don’t have the necessary skills or knowledge to use cloud computing. Take advantage of all the educational sessions offered by service providers on- and off-line.

Use a pilot or proof of concept to get to know cloud.
Any established service provider should offer an on-boarding programme that will provide all the help, support and information you need to get started.

Many cite security as their main concern when it comes to considering cloud.
You may be worried about where your data will be stored, who will have access to it. Any provider should be able to detail their security credentials and provide evidence to support those credentials. They should be able to demonstrate effective implementation of the NCSC 14 Cloud Security Principles. They should have achieved ISO27001, and Cyber Essentials Plus certification. They should be able to provide a detailed Risk Management and Accreditation Documentation Set (RMADS) and results of recent CHECK Tests.

So you understand your technical requirements, you have technical support and access to information to boost you skills and you have tested the security credentials of potential providers.

You may be uneasy about how you procure cloud services.

G-Cloud offers an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) compliant Framework that you can use to procure cloud services. The Digital Marketplace is an online catalogue of the services available for purchase where orders can be placed and contracts raised online. The system also enables you to easily compare and benchmark different options available.

Many organisations have embraced cloud.

Talk to them about how they’re using cloud and their experience to date.
A reputable service provider should willingly be able to facilitate this.

Cloud computing has the potential to deliver many significant benefits to your business. Isn’t it time you started to realise those benefits?