How to Manage Multiple Cloud Relationships

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The capabilities that your cloud vendors offer today will be very different from what they offered even one or two years ago, given the pace of change and progress in our field. You might find that one of your vendors has expanded their capabilities enough that all of your needs can be met by a single source. It may take some time to evaluate the services of each vendor to understand their current capabilities, but it will save time over the long term.

As more companies have moved solutions to the cloud, many are finding they have contracted with multiple vendors to meet a variety of specialized cloud computing needs. Keeping track of many vendor services, capabilities and contractual relationships can be a challenge. Yet it's important to do so not just for obvious financial reasons, but also for the purpose of understanding which vendor is doing what and where every data set and function is stored. No IT executive wants to be in the dark when it comes to these matters, particularly in a crisis. But increasingly, many are finding themselves overwhelmed by cloud operations that are unwieldy and unmanageable.

Fortunately, it doesn't have to be this complicated. In this slideshow, Geoff Harkness and Jim Burns, MorganFranklin Consulting, outline steps IT executives can take to manage the situation and regain control of their cloud operations.

Geoff Harkness serves as the managing director & information management & technology lead at MorganFranklin Consulting, a strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Jim Burns serves as the managing director, solutions lead & member of Board of Directors at MorganFranklin Consulting, a strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.


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