As a service provider, cloud-based applications can serve as a way to obtain more revenue for your company and more effectively meet your end users' needs. This blog lays out a five-part recipe for implementing cloud-based applications in your cloud environment. It is a complex process to implement cloud-based applications in your cloud environment, but if implemented according to a plan that your team members can follow, it can be simplified so that you can provide custom applications to your end users.1. Review Your Current Solution
Take a look at what you currently offer your customers and examine what you can do to better serve them. Identifying the gaps in your cloud-based application suite will allow you to target specific needs that should be addressed in order to fulfill your markets demands. This is a critical first step in your evaluation so that you can continue to provide the most comprehensive application suite.2. Examine Your Capacity
What can you realistically provide to your end users? After you have evaluated your current solution and identified where you can enhance your robust offering, you can begin to put into motion a plan that adds further value to your end users. Evaluate the amount of resources you can allocate to adding new applications and consider these when you are developing your plan to add more cloud-based applications. Bandwidth, memory and CPU should be taken into account as you evaluate your current environments capabilities.3. Review Connectivity Options
Assess your network, including switching, routing and firewall settings with your technical staff so you can make educated decisions based on this information. It is imperative that you know how much capacity your network has available for new applications to run optimally. Switches tell incoming and outgoing data where to go within your cloud environment. A backlog of data could slow down the processing speed of your environment if there isnt enough capacity available. Similarly, routers (whether virtual or physical) assist with the transport of data in a cloud environment. An inundation of traffic can cause the same issues within the overall environment as a switch that carries too much weight. Your firewall settings may also need to be reconfigured to allow traffic into and out of your new application.4. Design Workflows and Processes
Planning is essential and cannot be stressed enough if you want your new cloud-based application to be successful. As with any good product deployment, you should put in place design workflows that can be seen by your entire team so that they can track deployment progress. Implementing these processes will make the development and deployment schedules simpler for your entire team and keep everyone working together in a cohesive manner toward your end goal.5. Cloud Application Training
In addition to your end users, technical staff should be trained on how to maintain upkeep on your cloud-based applications. End users will need to know about the features of your product, and how to utilize these to get the most benefit from them. Implementing a training program that is individualized for each group will ensure that they each get the knowledge they need and promote an environment that enables each to perform necessary tasks.
Implementing cloud-based applications is a task that takes proper planning and a cohesive vision. It is essential that every member of your team understand the steps to design and implement the applications based on the strategy put in place. When done in a manner that facilitates a streamlined process and with recognition for your end users needs, you can create a cloud-based application that creates a stronger revenue stream for your company.