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27 September 2016

CW500: How to maximise the benefits from the cloud

Although some are still trying hard to resist, organisations across all sectors are moving to the cloud, making it one of the fastest-growing market segments of the decade. While moving to the cloud is at the forefront of most IT enterprise strategies, questions have to be asked and answered before a business embarks on such a large transformation project. To reap the rewards of cloud, you need to get the essentials right. Do you go for a private cloud solution? A hybrid environment? What in-house systems do you keep? How do you ensure your data is secure? At the latest CW500 club, experts talked of the importance of getting the IT architecture right, making sure security is up to scratch, and avoiding supplier lock-in. Before jumping on the bandwagon and moving your data to the cloud, you should take stock of your overall framework and heritage estate, advises Don Kavanagh, former chief architect at the Home Office Security Industry Authority (SIA) . Look before you leap It’s important to understand which pieces of your old ...

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