So you’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of cloud, but you’re struggling to pull together the resources to manage it yourself.
Right now, there’s a gap in the market for highly qualified engineers. Typically, they’re snapped up quick and if you are lucky enough to find one available, they don’t come cheap!
Of course, you could seek out a contractor – but by doing so, you’re less likely to see the long-term benefits that the cloud brings. Not to mention the fact that they might not be as invested in your business and will likely be looking to move elsewhere once the project is complete.
Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take that will allow you to build a whole department of cloud experts without it costing a fortune…
Plan for the future
Firstly, you need to outline your cloud roadmap – and then evaluate your current skill set and the gaps you have. It’s a good starting point to determine the aims of your organisation, and how cloud fits with this.
This shouldn’t just be your short-term goals either, think about the next 1-2 years if possible. This will allow you enough time to build a team and recognise any gaps in their abilities ahead of each project.
Too many businesses adopt cloud technology only to underestimate just how exactly cloud can – and should – work as well as the skills and expertise required to maintain and build the solution out. Map out exactly what you envision to achieve and take stock of what you need to get from A to B.
Work with a managed service provider
A managed service provider (MSP) will help you on your cloud journey and migrate everything across. But that’s not all. They’ll continuously ensure you have the required expertise, skills and tools to really get the most out of it.
Once migrated, your MSP will continue to support and maintain your environment leaving you with peace of mind.
In terms of value, a MSP will just keep on giving. Put simply, they’ll provide you with a greater – and more practical – understanding of how to maintain and build your cloud solution, not only for now but into the future.
Upskill your current team
Most organisations will have an in-house IT team. With a little training, these teams can become cloud engineers and, at ClearCloud, we deliver that training in a manner that suits you. If you’re migrating for the first time, we’ll co-deliver your solution, effectively distilling core cloud architecture principles into your team as we migrate with them.
For businesses already on the cloud, we can offer comprehensive training on your platform to help ensure you’re accessing all the benefits that the cloud has to offer. We’re certified to teach both AWS and Azure best practice and suggest strategies to enhance your investment.
How we teach your team is entirely up to you. Whether you want your employees to simply handle day-to-day maintenance, or become fully fledged cloud architects in their own right, is your choice.
It’s up to you
There is, of course, the option to hire a consultant. These experts are indeed capable in the cloud, but they don’t delve into your business model the same way an MSP would. Plus, let’s not forget that day rates don’t come cheap!
Consultancy work is more project-based. And as such, less likely to reflect your overarching ambitions. If you want support that does however, drop us a message today and we’d be happy to talk you through our approach.