As an accountant with no prior experience in the cloud industry, I understand the pains and questions that arise when recognizing revenue. Cloud computing and the various cloud services is highly debatable in the accounting world.
For companies already providing telecom and data services to end users, adding a cloud service model to your repertoire of services can dramatically increase profits and customer satisfaction. As evidenced by the February 2012 Microsoft study, 56% of SMBs want a single source for their IT and many want a mix of applications and infrastructure sources. Additionally, the growth potential for offering compute resources is expected to grow (current users purchase four services, compared to the anticipated six in the future). For corporate developers, adding cloud based applications to your product offering is an easy way for you to utilize the infrastructure and resources you already have and provide more valuable services that your customers want.
There are several essential tips to know about when you are preparing to use the cloud. Below I have outlined four that are a necessary part of understanding how your cloud works and allow you to utilize the full benefits your cloud environment offers. While these are an important component of your cloud environment, it is only the surface of its capabilities.
Becoming a pro in your cloud environment enhances your ability to fully utilize the resources available to you within your cloud. Understanding how your cloud works and how the interpret the data coming from the network operations center will further assist you as you make judgments about your environment.
It is clear that cloud computing is becoming the norm in many of today's industries. Businesses have either already implemented a cloud environment or are anticipating purchasing one in the future. Using cloud resources can seem foreign and ambiguous, but it can be simple and painless if you prepare for it. These are three steps that guide you through the basics of how to use the cloud.