Many organizations have yet to make cloud plans. They choose to keep their data and applications in-house and manage everything themselves.
With the advances of cloud offerings and to future-proof the network, preparing the organization for a potential future cloud move is simple common sense. For example, what happens when cloud offerings get to the point that organizational management decides to set up an internal cloud solution. Maybe that is a step toward moving applications and data off-site.
The main point: You must create portable applications today that won't hold your company back in the future — whatever that may hold.
To address this issue:
This comes down to software and hardware architecture. New applications must be built using an open architecture that lets them run on any platform or with any database. Doing so means the organization's applications will run on the in-house servers, an in-house cloud, or in an external cloud. The extra benefit is that any move to a cloud-based solution can be completed without new applications.
According to Paul Simoneau, a senior instructor and course director with Global Knowledge, the coming year will have 12 main challenges for IT management and staff. Since each organization is unique in how it functions and where it places its priorities, these are offered in no particular order. The issues include new technology, cloud, Big Data, virtualization, BYOD and BYOA, shadow IT, boomers, energy efficiency, user systems, interoperability, creating value, and social networks. After a brief comment on each area, more suggestions for dealing with that situation follow.