Aug 152012

This is the final installment of “exploring the viability” of moving your data to the cloud. Whether it be your database or any other data critical to your business, the possible pitfalls need to be examined before such a move occurs.

7. What is the overall cost of the entire program? All that glitters is not gold, but it may cost you a lot of Gold if you get into a program that does not entirely fit your needs. It is easier to be more competitive if you have a specific propriety configuration that can enhance your position within your industry.

8.  Sometimes everything you need does not adapt well in the cloud scenario. Just because an off-site server backup makes sense to protect against the physical, catastrophic, or theft damages, does not mean that a hundred other applications make sense.

9. ALERT!-  The “Cloud” is just a politically incorrect name for a SERVER!, no more or no less.  They can put smoke and mirrors around this, but all the rules , limitations,  and concerns involved with a computer server still apply.  Your information is part of a huge CLUMP that has everybody’s STUFF on it!  The Patriot Act allows the U.S. Government to compel an organization to turn over all their information, which will include YOURS,  without informing the data owner that they have done so.  (BIG BROTHER has just sucked you dry)!

We hope the preceding ” CLOUDY NINE”  tidbits of information have been beneficial for future decisions regarding Software and Cloud Pros and Cons.

Hopefully it will give you a  “SUNNY DAY”!

Kathleen Vanden Broecke

ACT! Certified Consultant, Premier Trainer and Hosted Solution Partner