It is tempting to just tell people to move their business onto the Cloud. But Brevity is the embodiment of untruth. Sure, move your business onto the Cloud, you’ll be better off; but the point is that you’ll be better off for making changes, and that you’ll quickly be out of date if you don’t. Some general advice consultants may charge you a fee for telling you to move to the Cloud; the questions and services you should demand of them concerns how to move and what needs to change. You’re not just storing it all in a different place, you’re moving up to the next business standard.
There are consultants who get paid whether their advice is right or wrong, or at least don’t suffer much if their client makes a mistake. This is different to a group that has invested in the cloud technology and is accountable for the decisions. There is a lot to be said for signing on with the vendors who built the software and continue to manage it. These groups want the customer and they want their system to work. It would make sense for them to optimize their software and structures to accommodate their clients, or to advise their clients how to alter their operation so as to best use the latest systems. An independent source will not have this communication channel between supplier and user, neglecting a potential means of keeping operations at their best. An independent advisor might be good for advising which vendor best suits their needs, but a little net searching should yield the same information. Impartiality is needed for finding the most suitable vendor, but as this is a new area the impartiality is already there; we shouldn’t have too many preconceived notions if we remember how new this all is. But we should bear in mind that these decisions for cloud operations can make or break a company in record time, and changing plans after the initial decision may be difficult.
Moving to the Cloud is a turning point for a company. Think of it as upgrading and not just changing location.