How to Manage Multiple Cloud Relationships

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Revisit Your Configuration

Be prepared to revisit the new arrangement periodically.

Good IT management is always about balancing the benefits of stability with those that come with the continual evaluation and adoption of new enabling technology. This also applies to cloud services, which we know will continue to innovate and improve in the coming months and years.

Establish a timeline for periodically re-evaluating your configuration to determine if enhancements are needed to take advantage of the latest technology. Share the timeline with your peers/executives within the organization so they are aware that a system is in place to look ahead at technology advancements. This will help streamline the process of integrating new technology and gaining buy-in internally while also saving 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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