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6 DataOps essentials to deliver business-ready data

Nearly every business is under competitive, disruptive, and regulatory pressures. As companies face digital transformation and modernization to meet their customers’  expectations, leveraging data and AI at the speed of business can be the biggest differentiator. However, according to MIT Sloan, 81 percent of organizations don’t
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Startup Checklist For Businesses Moving To The Cloud

Startup Checklist

What you require is a basic cloud startup checklist. There are many people who aspire to do great things in this world and see new technologies such as Cloud computing and Internet of Things as a tremendous offering to help bridge and showcase their ideas.

The Time Is Now

startup checklist

This is a perfect time for highly ambitious startups to make some noise. CMS (Contact Management Systems) such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal are either free or inexpensive.

Cloud Startup Checklist Hosting

Being a small startup you’re probably looking to bootstrap and scale as you go along. If you can’t afford to hire your own team to monitor website and application security, you may consider any number of the Managed Cloud WordPress Hosting services on the market. This is a growing area and we expect to see a high number of acquisitions in the future as the need for low cost managed wordpress hosting continues to rise. Next, you’ll need to attract eyeballs to your startup so you’ll need to start building some content and you can either do this yourself or use any number of the many blogging services on the market to help get you started. Once you attract viewers, B2B Case studies and white papers are also a terrific way to help generate leads and sales for your service.

Pitching To Win

Once you have an innovative product/service and a functioning desktop/mobile website, you’ll be ready to start pitching your ideas to investors. Entrepreneur magazine has put together a tremendous list of early stage VC investors that you can review to determine which ones may be the best fit.

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Another excellent option is to register and list your company with angel.co in order to attract some serious investor interest. Last but not least,

In Closing

For those still unsure about about the attraction of the cloud. Here are some benefits of moving your startup business to the cloud:

1. Low costs. When setting up your business for cloud computing, all the expenses that you would have incurred if the system was setup in-house are non-existent. There will be no hardware purchases for servers and no over spending on the man-hours that it would take to setup everything.

2. Scalability. Because of its nature, cloud services scale dramatically from very small needs of home businesses to huge corporate demands. Because of its pay to use model, clients will only need to pay for what they need and scale up if ever their needs grow.

3. Collaboration. Since SaaS applications can be accessed from anywhere and at anytime, it is easier to collaborate with employees who are not in the same geographical location and makes it easier to manage a global workforce.

In the eyes of this proponent of all things technology, the benefits that cloud computing brings to a business, far outweighs the downsides and concerns.

By Brent Anderson

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