Do educate yourself about the cloud. Do your research, and learn everything you can about the Cloud and how it works. This way, you can communicate with your IT service provider smoothly and effectively.

Don’t forget about safe business practices. Just because your data is now stored in a private Cloud does not necessarily mean you adhere to government compliances. You are still responsible for ensuring the local security of your data through a firewall, antivirus software, and safe login practices.

Do assess your environment. Know your business’ needs. Know your capabilities. Do you have access to reliable high speed Internet? Do you have enough computers to make a financially sound transition to the Cloud?

Don’t think of the Cloud as a universal remedy. It may not be possible or beneficial for your business to put all your business applications in the Cloud. Hybrid Cloud options are available, so do your research and listen to the advice of your IT team.

Do consider the cloud as an investment. Cloud solutions provide enterprise level resources not previously accessible to small businesses, including high level physical and virtual security, high speed drives, and limitless scalability.

Don’t fall for a one-size-fits-all sales pitch. The Cloud is flexible and can be tailored to fit your business’ financial and technical needs. It’s important to work with your local IT support team instead of with the Cloud services directly so that you can customize the solutions to your needs.

Do develop a plan for integration. Creating a strategy with your managed service provider will help make the transition from a physical server to a virtual one simple and painless.

Don’t try this alone. Speak with your managed service provider about putting your business in the Cloud. You put your trust in this team with your IT support already—let them help you make smart choices.

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