One thing we harp on is that the cloud is not all it is cracked up to be, at least not yet anyway. Dominick Paul understands in an article for Supply & Demand Chain Executive that rushing to move everything to the cloud is a poor idea. He believes a hybrid approach that mixes traditional legacy systems with the cloud is a better course of action for now.
Hybrid IT for Best Results
There are a few things to remember in implementing the hybrid approach. First, the cloud is not a perfect fit for every type of application, not without meticulous planning and work going into the integration. Second, if your mix of applications is already working well in its current state, there may be no reason to make an update, unless you have a very strong business case for how the update will make things that much better. Third, gradual changes must be strategic in nature, meaning that updates should occur according to whichever area could elicit the most risk if a change is not made. And finally, remember that the future is not just about tomorrow, and that you are in this for the long haul.
Paul summarizes by saying managers should do the following things:
- Be judicious in employing a cloud-based approach.
- Have a governance committee in place to help guide their approach. It should include all key vendors and partners, as well as key internal officers and managers.
- Keep business goals in mind: greater flexibility and efficiency; increased performance and decreased risk; and availability, which also includes disaster recovery and business continuity.
Basically, do what is best for the business. You can read more here: http://www.sdcexec.com/article/12001131/supply-chain-managers-before-jumping-to-the-cloud-remember-your-legacy