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Food, Water, Shelter, Cloud: The New Essential for Budding Entrepreneurs
Thanks to cloud computing, entrepreneurship has never seemed so inviting. The cloud instinctively sizes itself to the needs of a business, eradicating overspending. In addition, its ease of access and zero expenditure on capital significantly simplify launch time. Even Forbes is proclaiming cloud computing’s advantages for a new wave of “lightweight” upstarts.
Here’s an outline of three top tactics entrepreneurs should heed to best profit from cloud:
Entrepreneurs ought to implement the cloud throughout the process of developing their product or business, particularly during the architecting phase. They should give ample thought to the size of power they’ll count on from the cloud, and the source of said power: one large source of data, or several small pockets of streaming availability. Consider team size; is this a solo operation, or should one or two niche experts be brought in? Emphasis on “one or two:” any start-up based on the cloud should be run by a team as lean as possible.
Take baby steps with the big boys.
A full-scale overhaul move into the cloud is not strictly essential for budding entrepreneurs and fresh business plans. Incremental entry can also work well. Needs such as data storage and e-mail duties are well-trod areas within the cloud and make for a nice starting point. Entrepreneurs should incorporate more elements of their business as their cloud acumen augments. What’s more, this incorporation should take place via the products of the Big Three: Microsoft, Amazon, or Google. These juggernauts of the cloud aren’t necessarily the best for the long haul, but they provide exceptional support to fledgling operations who are looking to capitalize on cloud, not succumb to the confusion that can surround it.
Don’t rush in; source out.
The cloud’s resources enable entrepreneurs to add substance to their business’ supplies at a much slower pace. Issues such as server capacity and scaling no longer hinder new enterprises. However, these benefits from cloud computing begin to shrink after two or three years of operation; IT costs will eventually catch up with any entrepreneur. Those two to three years are the perfect opportunity for her to seriously bone up on her IT/cloud knowledge, developing a new roster of tech skills to effectively navigate the coming demands. New entrepreneurs can also outsource complex duties like quality assurance during this time, letting them concentrate on their strengths (design, advertising, sales, what have you).
By Jeff Norman
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