Moving Beyond Cloud FUD
It is necessary that companies be able to take advantage of a newly connected business world. These days, the speed, mobility, and flexibility offered by the cloud are just table stakes. It’s vitally important that your company overcomes the fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) that can surround the cloud.
The best way to combat the anxiety created by an imposing task—like adopting the cloud—is to understand it. At Softchoice, we do this by grounding our cloud approach in two solid principles, designed to dispel FUD: End-User Productivity, and Hybrid IT.
Focusing on End-User Productivity means we don’t think of the cloud as just a list of exciting features. Instead, we think of how the cloud interacts with your employees and customers: what it does as much as what it is. Thinking of it this way makes it clear that the cloud is a tool to be embraced, rather than a new technology to be feared.
Meanwhile, focusing on Hybrid IT means having a solid grasp of how your existing infrastructure can adapt to this and, that means, a change in security thinking. The biggest challenge of the cloud is that it entails data flowing outside of your business’ four walls.
Cloud security is different in that it requires a mentality of partnership, rather than control. Instead of relying on a firewall installed by your enterprise, cloud security means bringing other services onboard. You have to outsource certain parts of security to partners you can trust.
This might sound like yet another source of FUD. It’s not: the good news is that partnering with other organizations means that you can share their knowledge. You can watch the full on-demand webinar below where we look at Microsoft as an example or keep reading.
How Microsoft Can Help
No matter how good your organization’s security department is, they can use some of Microsoft’s knowledge. Microsoft has a vast amount of data synthesized from a variety of sources. They’ve analyzed 400 billion emails, 1.2 billion devices are scanned every month by Windows Defender, and they have the experience derived from securing 90% of Fortune 500 companies. To make the best of all this data, they spend 1 billion dollars on security and research development every year.
With that knowledge, they provide security tools that guarantee visibility, control, and guidance. That means security that’s clear and understandable, that controls what matters, and that doesn’t need you to make all the decisions.
The Softchoice Advantage
Every organization’s FUD about cloud is a little different because every organization is a little different. Implementing cloud can be tricky—there’s no way around it. But with open conversation and partnership with the right organizations, there’s no need to fear. Sooner than you think, you can embrace the possibilities of being secure, empowered, and cloud-enabled.