Almost every business today has Cloud as part of their IT- directly or indirectly, through adoption of Microsoft, Slack, Evernote or any of the other emerging workplace applications – Cloud is there!
So Cloud Phase 1 is well underway- but what about Phase 2? Do I use a single cloud provider, should I silo how I use cloud platforms, or run multiple clouds, how can I cope with complexity fragmentation brings? At the heart of these questions is what is the best way to take a multicloud strategy. So what is the best way to embrace phase 2?
There are 3 considerations:
Choose the right platform
Whilst there is a perception that every Cloud is the same, reality is different.  Some perform better in certain regions or applications, others are designed to satisfy certain regulartory requirements and standards.  You can therefore have a hybrid solution where your business requirements are met by different providers.
We are also seeing the growing importance of IT departments forming application development operations for their companies. IT has become less static and demands greater fluidity in how the Cloud is used is vital for effective application development. For example, many businesses separate out application development (in the Cloud) and production (on-premises).
It is therefore important to understand specific business goals and requirements before choosing how to deploy Cloud services as this can save you lot of time and money in the long run. Once you are clear on the technical service requirements, you can start shortlisting potential providers.
It is all about relationship building
Cloud affords fantastic opportunity for business.  This in turn does create some complexity in the IT landscape and uncertainty for the retained IT team.  Where do they fit? Key to the success is working with a Cloud provider that can help you build and then deploy a tailored

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