Cloud gives many options to your business that did not exist in the past. The important thing to remember is cloud is a monthly charge that never goes away. You will be reliant on another company for what could be business critical applications. If the company you use for the cloud service decides to change strategy or goes out of business you could be in a bad situation. If the cloud provider decides to do a planned upgrade it is usually on their schedule not yours. Also remember cloud is made for the masses. More of a one size fits all approach and is very difficult to customize to fit your business. You need to move into a cloud service keeping these points in mind.
Cloud does have its place in many area’s. Cloud can be very cost effective when you have a limited amount of users needing an application. It allows you to enable the service quickly and removes the need to manage the system. In most cases when comparing cloud for your whole company over a three to five year period cloud is much more expensive. It is important to compare a fully managed premise system divided by the same three to five year term. Many times you will find the cloud equivalent is three to five times more than paying to have it fully managed at your location.
Unified Concepts can help you navigate the differences in cloud providers. Building a total cost of ownership over an extended time is important information that will allow you to make an informed decision.