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Cloud Computing For Dummies® by Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Robin Bloor, Judith Hurwitz

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Chapter 22. Starting Your Journey to the Cloud

In This Chapter

  • Anticipating cultural issues with the cloud

  • Assessing risks

  • Identifying low-hanging fruit

  • Planning for leveraging the cloud

The cloud model has lots of benefits, but there are also many issues — as there are with any new technology. In Chapter 4, we address how to develop a cloud strategy. Assuming you have decided to go with the cloud model, how do you get started? What factors do you need to consider as you begin?

In this chapter, we try to boil it down for you. We start off by examining how to deal with the inevitable cultural issues that arise when you ask people to do things differently. And, although we discuss the risks associated with the cloud throughout the book, we highlight some of the more important ones again because risk assessment needs to be part of getting started. Finally, we talk about some other issues that you may or may not have considered, such as planning your long-term cloud strategy.

Putting the Kibosh on Cloud Cultural Issues

Anytime something new comes along, it may take people time to accept it. This was probably the case when zippers were introduced, and it will certainly be the case with the cloud. The reality is that change usually causes people to react. Sometimes they react positively to change, and sometimes this isn't the case.

Anticipating (but not with relish)

Note

Because you don't know what might happen, it is important to anticipate issues and plan accordingly.

Generally, issues associated ...

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