Finding and Implementing Startup Tools
Many startups believe implementing cloud tools help reduce operation costs as well as the time taken to enter a market, and so when taken along with the faster product development and increased productivity benefits, more and more startups are building in or moving businesses to the cloud. From accounting to customer support, analytics to cyber security, and hosting to CRM, cloud service providers offer a range of tools to suit just about any need and budget, and provide scalability benefits for the growing venture. The best third-party cloud tools are easily integrated, reliable, and stable, and with many interoperable they allow organizations to create their own combinations for a truly bespoke solution. Many startups are, in fact, trusting other startups to manage fundamental business management aspects of their businesses, often automating resource-intensive business-building pieces.
Below is an infographic highlighting the 2017 startup ecosystem around the world discovered via Rikvin. Not surprisingly, Silicon Valley leads the way, followed by New York and London, UK.
Getting the Most Out of Cloud Tools
Those considering employing or already utilizing cloud tools in their business are likely aware of the many benefits, but should also identify and implement the necessary policies to ensure these tools are always being exploited to their fullest while avoiding complications.
Separating Core and Non-Core Systems
Cloud implementation isn’t necessarily relevant for an entire organization, and practical business founders pick and choose the cloud tools most pertinent while separating out that which should and shouldn’t be stored in the cloud. Though security in top providers is high and failures very low, some organizations will split out the core and non-core systems, using cloud only for that which is not utterly essential to the running of the business and managing core systems in-house. Others will use the cloud for the core as well as non-core systems, but carefully ensure thorough in-house backups able to take over in the case of cloud failures. It’s unlikely that, if selected for reliability and with a solid reputation, your cloud vendor will fail permanently or lose all of your data, but sometimes even a few hours of inaccessibility can break a business, and since disasters will happen, it’s best to have a strategy in place for the worst case scenario.
It’s All About People
Cloud tools might offer a wealth of assistance, but unless they're being optimally used much of this could be wasted. Often, this comes down to who is responsible for implementation, and their continued employment thereafter. Service providers might offer valuable assistance in the initial deployment of tools, ensuring the organization has what it needs in place, but training staff to maximize usage of these tools turns a good investment into a great one. Don’t be fooled into complacency by the theoretical possibilities of the tools you’ve effected, but rather be sure to focus on making them a reality.
Information for Optimization
Getting all of the information, before, during and after implementation of cloud tools and processes, helps businesses get the biggest bang for their buck. Most will put the time and effort into investigation (Cloud Whitepapers for example) in the early stages, but once solutions have been employed will leave them to run as they are. Experts, however, recognize that inefficiency is often due to a lack of information to make appropriate decisions, and so continuously monitoring processes and the benefits provided by cloud tools ensures increased employment of those providing highest gains, revised execution where necessary, and abandoning those tools and processes which offer no real benefits.
Cloud computing is a constantly evolving technology, and many businesses will find tools that support at least some aspects of their organization; it’s a never-ending exploration and staying competitive means keeping up with what the technology can offer. Defining which elements of your business should be moved to the cloud and which tools offer the most assistance is a worthwhile practice, and optimizing the usage of cloud monitoring services and tools can influence profits, productivity, and overall organization resilience.
By Jennifer Klostermann