Tools and Techniques
To Deal With
Managing cloud-BaSed SySteMS issimilartomanaging
traditional infrastructure — only bigger, badder and more complex.
While you once had to deal with maybe one or two strategic
outsourcers, in the cloud world you’re more likely contending with a
dozen or more providers of software or infrastructure as a service.
Follow these tips for success in managing the supersized challenge that is the cloud.
Use Consistent Data Models
Most companies have standard terminology in data records and
databases to which cloud applications should adhere, says Beth
cohen, senior architect and consultant at cloud technology Partners, a cloud consulting firm. this can be as basic as storing data with
a standard id number and using the same naming convention across
cRM instances. and get out in front of the issue with respect to business people bringing in applications via the software-as-a-service
(SaaS) model, she advises.
Plan for Data Integration
at the american hospital association in chicago, no SaaS provider
gets by it’s scrutiny without meeting a set of integration-related
checklist items, says Karthik chakkarapani, it director for technology solutions and operations. Knowing how a potential provider will
integrate with current and future SaaS applications, how it will work
with the organization’s hybrid cloud-based single sign-on environment and how it provides database access is imperative, he says.