In our March 2012 newsletter topic on Transitioning to the Cloud we broke down several important elements about the cloud for the small business owner to consider before making the transition. Even though this article was published almost 4 years ago the content is still relevant and should be evaluated when making a technology decision regarding cloud services. Transitioning to the Cloud is a great article to read if you are just starting to learn or evaluate your options. Take a moment and take this crash course before moving forward if you can.
Fast forward to present time and the options for new cloud services to consumers have exploded even since 2012. Microsoft, Amazon and Google to name a few integrate technology into all of their devices to connect to the cloud and in addition offer services for the small business all the way up to the enterprise for a multitude of reasons to solve certain situational problems. There are literally thousands and thousands of articles and YouTube videos online to learn more about all this cloud technology. So to be respectful of everyone’s time, we are going to narrow our focus to the small business as this is who we are trying to reach and educate. We are also going to focus on Microsoft’s cloud services to discuss as the majority of our customers now use Windows and or Windows Server for their On-Premise technology and we continue to trust Microsoft’s vision and direction in this area of technology.
We believe the war on On-Premise vs. Cloud is over. The idea for small businesses now is: how can we achieve success in our technology with a hybrid approach? A hybrid approach is great for small businesses as a way to slowly transition services into the cloud while making sure the workforce who uses the technology is not impacted in a negative way reducing productivity – and to keep peace of mind around data ownership and security for the business owner. A hybrid approach also enables redundancies across your internal infrastructure and an enterprise. That way if you decide to rapidly expand your business you can or if you decide to go all into the cloud, you can make the shift more easily without too much “change” shock for your employees.
Microsoft has created a tool known as Azure AD Connect which is designed to bridge your identity between On-Premise and the Cloud. Small businesses can subscribe to Azure and link their existing systems into the cloud giving them the ability to utilize some new really awesome technology such as Intune to manage mobile platforms or Health for better insight/monitoring into existing systems to name a few. This new technology also allows small businesses to easily connect to 3rd party cloud services such as Box or Google apps using integrated sign-on.
Depending on your business goals, line of business applications, and company policies, or some other reason, these advancements may be excluded as an option for you. However, as time presses forward and technology advances it will be a choice worth considering to keep your business competitive in an ever changing and fast pace society. To request more information about building a hybrid approach please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for being a loyal reader of our Predictably Better newsletter. We’ll be back next month!