It is not exaggerating to say that the business world is in a race in cloud computing adoption. All companies want to be ahead of their competitors with the help of cloud computing technology. Many organizations choose to have cloud providers and/or consultants to design an industry-specific cloud strategy for them with the belief that it is the best way to utilize cloud computing in their operations. Is that true?
When entering the era of cloud computing, a lot of businesses tend to look for vertical-specific services, meaning those who have had an established reputation in the company’s particular industry. They lean on cloud providers that provide services aligned with their business sector. That sounds reasonable since each industry has its own characteristics and requires specific practices.
However, it could be a fatal mistake to put industry-oriented as the most important feature when developing a cloud computing strategy. Industry-specialized processes may seem ideal at the beginning but technological capabilities are truly the star. For example, between a service that is aligned with your company’s operating industry but of inferior cloud-based databases and a more generic service but of higher computing capability, what would you choose?
The former one can give the impression of a more effective and fast-track start; nonetheless, that doesn’t ensure the future abilities of the service. The latter one will require more hard work at the beginning but when you need to perform more advanced tasks in the future, it will be more likely to fulfill your needs. You don’t want your potential limited in the future, right?
Some may argue that companies can still use industry-specific services as a good start then switch to the one with higher capabilities later. Again, that sounds convincing. You can avoid some issues that every business face when moving to the cloud. Then, when cloud computing really becomes a part of the fabric of your business, you can move to a more powerful one. Things are not necessary to progress that way.
Since it is challenging to move from legacy computing solutions to cloud computing solutions in the first place, there is no guarantee that you will not face the same (or even greater) difficulties when switching between services. Services between different cloud computing providers are not always compatible. Moreover, each service has its own best practices that sometimes may require your employees and company to start from scratch once more.
Instead, if a company choose to start fresh from its very first day in the cloud, if the process is done right, it can eliminate the need for future changes of service providers. The business and its human resources only need to align their business practices and processes with the cloud computing solution once. The company can reduce the risk and encumbrance of moving data and workloads between platform which is already a dilemma for even the best experts in the cloud computing field.