CarverTC Cloud Computing Blog

A Cloud Vendor Lock-In Planning Checklist

Posted by Bob Carver on Sep 19, 2017 4:21:41 PM

One of our most popular articles is about cloud vendor lock-in. The lock-in problem is simple. An organization uses and becomes dependent on the tools, technologies, processes, and services of a specific vendor. If you wish to change vendors, or you need to change vendors, you have to replace those tools, technologies, processes, and services you've become so dependent on. You also have to retrain your people to use the new systems, tools, and processes. It's a costly and time-consuming proposition.

We wrote an article earlier that explains why it's inevitable, and how you can mitigate it, but people have asked us for something more, a simple reference, a checklist. So we've made one. In this article, we'll give you a checklist to plan for cloud vendor lock-in and make getting out easier. The best time to mitigate vendor lock-in is plan to for it when you adopt any cloud service. If you haven’t been doing that, you should evaluate your existing services as soon as possible and start developing a plan to mitigate vendor lock-in. This article tells you what to look for. 

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Topics: cloud service vendor lock in planning, Cloud Planning

The Missing Cloud Skills: Getting Cloud Project Approved [SlideShare]

Posted by Bob Carver on May 15, 2017 9:32:49 PM

Success or failure of a cloud computing project, be it a simple SaaS implementation, or a complex legacy application migration, or anything in between will hinge on the technical knowledge, skills, and training of your IT staff. What many CIOs and aspiring cloud project managers don't realize is that winning approval to start a cloud project can be one of the most difficult aspects of the project. Further complicating this is the fact that technical knowledge is not the most valuable asset in overcoming this cloud challenge. How you present the project, how you sell it, is the secret sauce for getting cloud projects approved. We wrote a full blog post on this topic that you can find here. It's been so popular; we also decided to make a companion SlideShare. In it, we quickly break down the issues, show you how sales and presentation skills help, and give you strategies to start honing those skills so that you can get approval for your next cloud project. Enjoy!

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Topics: Cloud Planning

The Top 5 Cloud Computing Barriers and How to Overcome Them [EBook]

Posted by Bob Carver on Feb 6, 2017 4:26:48 PM

Because we offer both cloud computing implementation consulting and cloud computing training, we have a lot of discussions about how to prepare to migrate to the cloud, or expand the use of cloud services. While each organization, and each case is unique, five issues almost always come up. Three concerns are brought up by our students or clients, cloud security, cloud compliance, and vendor lock in. Another barrier, internal resistance, is brought up our clients, if they've seen it, or us if our client isn't aware if it. The fifth issue, the need to sell your plan in order to get cloud projects approved, is something we always have tell our clients about. These issues are so common we've created a series of blog posts on them, but, last week, we took it a step further. We published a free, 48 page ebook that serves as a step-by-step guide to cloud computing requirements planning. In this article, we'll tell you what's in it, and how you can use it to plan for cloud adoption, migration, or cloud service expansion. 

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Topics: Cloud Planning

Failing to Identify Cloud Computing Requirements Will Cost You

Posted by Bob Carver on Jan 24, 2017 4:59:42 PM

Chris Doig, CEO of Wayferry Managment, wrote an excellent article for CIO that discussed five issues related to inadequate requirements identification when selecting enterprise software that can wreak havoc on an organization. The article inspired me because those same five requirements issues apply to cloud computing projects. In this article I'll look at each of the issues, and explain how failing to identify or address cloud computing requirements can cause serious and costly problems for your organization. I'll also give you some tools and strategies for avoiding these problems. 

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Topics: cloudmaster cloud computing classes, Cloud Planning

Preparation is the Key to the Challenge of Cloud Data Visibility

Posted by Bob Carver on Nov 22, 2016 10:58:34 AM

In a recent article in CIO, Maria Korolov reviewed the results of a survey from IDG. In that survey, it was no surprise that cloud security stood out as one of the major concerns of CIOs. What might surprise some people however, was the growing concern amongst CIOs, IT managers, and Compliance Officers about data visibility in the cloud. Simply put, with highly distributed and redundant architecture, you don't always know where your data is, especially as it moves around a cloud provider's infrastructure. This can be very problematic in scenarios with sensitive, or regulated data where compliance audits happen regularly. In this article, we'll look at the issue, and tell you what you can do right now, to help mitigate the problem.

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Topics: Cloud Planning