Acknowledging that your company needs a cloud seems to be a no-brainer. But then you have to decide what kind of cloud you are going to use. Will it be private, public, or hybrid? Which provider will work best for your needs?  Will your company benefit from any of the hundreds of cloud add-ons that are offered? All of these choices can add up, and make it difficult for companies to decide what they really need when it comes to the cloud.

When faced with all these choices companies can easily overcomplicate things. They could choose more than is necessary and incorporate things that are trendy rather than needed. However, the more complicated you make your cloud, the more time and money will go into maintaining and securing the cloud over the years.

Rather than getting caught up in the complexities, try a disciplined approach. It is important to know what your business requirements are and to focus on those first and foremost. If you can’t see how a certain piece of the cloud fits into your business now or in the future then maybe it’s best for you to recite this motto: “when in doubt, leave it out.”

Should companies use the “when in doubt, leave it out” motto towards the cloud and this is ripe? Or is this approach hype?

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