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BLOG: Collaborating in the Cloud: Top 5 considerations

Chris Gacesa, technology specialist, Novell | Jan. 30, 2014
Here are my top five tips for CIOs who are considering moving their organisation to the cloud.

4. Have a change management plan in place 

Moving to cloud based systems is no small operation and unfortunately many CIOs make the mistake of underestimating the time required to move the increasing amount of information gathered by organisations. Additionally, they fail to properly manage communications around the transition. Essentially, moving to cloud based collaboration systems is a complete transition of business processes. So not only is it imperative to map out a detailed timeline for the move, you'll also need to be clear on how employees will receive adequate training and how the change will be communicated internally. 

5. Be wary of cloud hype

Remember that there is still a lot of excitement around the cloud. It may seem like every organisation is making the move and as a result, there's a fear of being left behind. It may be the way things are going but that doesn't mean organisations should be rushing in without considering all their options.

Once an organisation takes the leap into the cloud, there really is no going back. Be sure to choose a solution that suits your needs in every way, taking into account costs, security requirements and ease of use for your employees.

Essentially, the benefits of collaborating in the cloud should not be underestimated. However, it is important to choose solutions that make sharing information at work, cloud hosted or otherwise, not only easy but also secure.




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