Looking for a cloud computing provider is not easy especially if you are not an IT expert, but are, tasked as a procurement officer to find the provider which can deliver all your business’ needs. But it should not be very difficult if you know what you are looking for.
The key to finding the right cloud computing company for your enterprise or organization is to make a comparison. This means that you should not limit yourself to two or three cloud computing providers on the first phase of your search. Make a list of at least five or seven cloud computing suppliers in your locality and then, you can narrow it down to four based on the qualifications or conditions you have prepared. Further narrowing down your list is done by making a list of the services, features as well as the advantages and drawbacks of each cloud computing company on your list. You can do this until you only have two companies on your list, and until you found the right cloud computing company for your business.
But then again, how do you find the right cloud computing company? There are a few questions that you should prepare which will help you complete your list. These questions are found below.
Question #1: What Are Your Company’s Goals?
The truth is, there is no one perfect cloud computing provider. Each supplier is unique in the services, features and prices that it offers. As there are probably thousands of cloud suppliers on the web, you can save time by working your way first inside your company. Have conversations with the key officers in your organization and know the organization’s business goals or the desired product it wishes to provide. What issues are your organizations trying to resolve?
Question #2: Which Would You Prefer?
When you found the answers in question number one, it is time to go out and ask some companies or businesses that have already found their cloud supplier. You can also do some research and read through reviews of cloud suppliers. Referral system saves you time and most often than not, it can lead you exactly what you are looking for.
Question # 3: What Are Your Specializations?
When your list is already complete, check out the web site of each of the cloud supplier and find out more about the company in terms of your organization’s needs. Know what a cloud supplier’s specializations are. Remember, not all cloud suppliers are the same. They differ in their respective specializations which are enumerated in features or package of services. Do not believe if a cloud supplier will tell you they provide all services. Well, at some point, it may be true; but it probably does not excel in all.
Question # 4: How Much?
If what your organization is looking for is found in one or two cloud supplier, perhaps, the price can be a good consideration for picking the right cloud supplier for you. On this aspect, it may help you make a decision to factor in the differences in features or the advantages vs. the drawback of a particular service or feature.