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Capitalizing on new infrastructure opportunities

The often invisible and ongoing transformation of the business world is encouraging decision-makers to embrace innovative technologies and assess how they carry out mission-critical operations. In the past, there was a single, "normal" way to do things, making it difficult for firms to gain a competitive advantage. Now organizations can implement a cloud infrastructure to leverage a multitude of next-generation services without encountering preventative obstacles.

Yet deploying a cloud infrastructure is not necessarily an easy assignment. An InformationWeek report suggested that organizations develop architectures that center around several concepts to get decision-makers and stakeholders to feel united in the technology's ability to improve the workforce's ability to perform.

By emphasizing the overall collaborative nature of the cloud, executives can highlight the attributes that make the hosted landscape more applicable to a broader range of companies, InformationWeek noted. IT directors should reinforce the decision-making process with a highly efficient interactive platform, allowing businesses to augment current tasks and boost the overall effectiveness of their operations. Because these advantages are not limited to businesses of one size or industry, organizations from the public and private sectors can implement a cloud infrastructure.

At the same time, however, companies need to recognize the difference between a cloud and traditional infrastructure and develop policies that remark on these changes.

Reforming policies
Every organization has its own policy frameworks that need to be met. Healthcare administrations, for example, must to cater to complex compliance requirements that will help firms reduce the exposure of sensitive information. Government agencies, on the other hand, have to meet federal mandates that have similar objectives.

InformationWeek highlighted the importance that executives and policymakers recognize that cloud computing architectures are not just another physical infrastructure, as doing so will make it more likely that firms miss out on the larger benefits of the technology.

A TechTarget report stated that organizations assess their existing landscape before migrating to the cloud and set new goals that will support their ability to take full advantage of the new opportunities laid before them. This will often require executives to develop clear technical requirements that incorporate how scalable, agile and flexible applications need to be in the hosted architecture.

Once new policies surrounding the cloud have been established, decision-makers and employees can embrace a cloud infrastructure to capitalize on innovative ways to carry out mission-critical tasks to gain an advantage over rival firms.

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