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Deployment Of Cloud Based Solutions For Workflow Automation And Employee Collaboration/Messaging

Sanjay Pawar, Head IT, India Advantage Securities

With over 22 years of IT Management experience, Sanjay is presently designated as Head of IT at India Advantage Securities Limited. He is responsible for overall leadership including planning, managing, implementing and evaluating all facets of IT infrastructure within organization. He is also known as accomplished leader and respected for leading successful change in projects and building credibility with executive teams and staff.

Anyone who’s ever worked through a botched new technology roll-out knows that even the shiniest, most exciting tech stack additions can quickly turn into disasters if employees don’t adopt the new technology.

Simply put, cloud computing makes it possible for users to access data, applications, and services over the Internet. The cloud eliminates the need for costly hardware, such as hard drives and servers – and gives users the ability to work from anywhere.

The top 3 reasons to move to the cloud:
• Use it to deploy faster, with lower upfront costs

• Accelerate innovation cycles with hassle-free, more frequent updates

• Leverage anytime scalability and dynamic capacity to boost flexibility and compete with big businesses

Cloud software offers a number of distinct advantages that help sharpen your competitive edge.

Enterprises are increasingly moving away from on-premises data centers, and automation is changing everything. As of 2017, 70 percent of enterprises have incorporated the cloud in some capacity with many already investing millions into cloud computing.

Realizing this trend, the number of companies that have shifted to the cloud is really enormous.

According to a recent study by International Data Corporation, by 2019, the yearly expenditure on cloud services is expected to grow by 20 percent to 30 percent.

And Gartner predicts that cloud adoption is going to increase exponentially over the next 3 years while deployment of software will become a default activity in the future.

Ensuring employee adoption doesn’t begin with training programs after you’ve rolled out a new solution. In fact, the success or failure of your new program begins with the technology you’ve chosen, and why you’ve chosen it.

Cloud computing operates on a similar principle as web-based email clients, allowing users to access all of the features and files of the system without having to keep the bulk of that system on their own computers. In fact, most people already use a variety of cloud computing services without even realizing it. Gmail, Google Drive, TurboTax, and even Facebook and Instagram are all cloud-based applications. For all of these services, users are sending their personal data to a cloud-hosted server that stores the information for later access. And as useful as these applications are for personal use, they're even more valuable for businesses that need to be able to access large amounts of data over a secure, online network connection.

To effectively implement your tagging policy, you will need to create a staged rollout process

Employees can access customer information via cloud-based CRM software like Salesforce from their smartphone or tablet at home or while traveling, and can quickly share that information with other authorized parties anywhere in the world.

Your cloud governance team should lead a process of defining your global tagging policy. It will be important to work with key stakeholders to get feedback and buy-in. Global tags should be applied consistently by all applications and teams in your organization. Individual teams or applications may add additional tags for their specific needs as well.

To effectively implement your tagging policy, you will need to create a staged rollout process.

Your cloud governance team provides ongoing weekly reports to show the level of coverage for global tags by team or group. These reports help to show current state and also track improvements in tag coverage.

Alerts on untagged resources specify a defined window (24 hours, for example) to tag resources. If not tagged, resources can be terminated (only for non-production workloads) or an escalation can be sent to managers.

Security of data is a critical factor to consider. It is important to understand the backup plans of the cloud vendor in the event of an outage or crash. After all, your data shouldn’t reach wrong hands. It advisable to keep highly sensitive data behind a firewall, and outside of the public cloud realm.

The incredible potential of cloud deployment models ensure safety, protection and quick realization of business goals. It is also true that each business or organization has to go through its own unique requirements to decide on cloud deployment model.

You can choose one model or a combination of models to leverage different kinds of benefits. And when you have the right key in hand, it is easy to channel your efforts to other aspects of business.

Of all our cloud computing predictions, this one is not exactly a surprise or news for anyone: Cloud computing-based service models will continue to grow in 2018.

Essentially, the outlook for cloud computing is very bright for 2018, and that’s across all its service models.

The truth is that true and complete cloud migration is still a distant dream for even the most advanced and cloud-converted enterprises. This means companies are looking for options to connect their on-premises solutions with their cloud-based solutions, along with complex customizations to make their systems work in a manner that supports their business processes.

Our cloud computing predictions crystal ball shows us that in 2018, IT giants will realize the need to serve this demand, and will offer options to end users that help them achieve their hybrid infrastructure goals. Without a doubt, on-premises solutions have their merits when it comes to network security for data flow control.

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