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Cloud is becoming an essential part of an organization’s IT strategy, however, many organizations still don't know how to get their cloud journey started.


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slide 3: USA | INDIA Practical Guide to Cloud Vendors Evaluation " Cloud is becoming an essential part of an organization’s IT strategy however many organizations still don’t know how to get their cloud journey started.. At Solunus we are excited to offer our expert services around Salesforce portfolio bringing you the power world’s No. 1 of cloud-base CRM from advisory to implementation configuration and maintenance. As businesses around the world begin to catch on to the Cloud Solunus helps every customer get the maximum return on your Salesforce investment. If you want to know how Salesforce could help increase your productivities and profit we are just a phone call away."

slide 4: USA | INDIA Cloud is becoming an essential part of an organization’s IT strategy however many organizations still don’t know how to get their cloud journey started. Organizations considering moving their critical applications to the cloud must first adopt a well-rounded approach to evaluating cloud offerings as there are too many vendors who have flocked to this space in order to catch on to the ‘cloud wave’. Industry expertise Each industry has its own set of trends requirements and best practices. With several players rapidly hitting the cloud space it is always a good idea to align with a vendor that has significant experience and expertise in the same business sector that you operate in. Security and Compliance It is no secret that security concerns continue to be the most important roadblock to cloud acceptance for many firms. Ahead of security organizations are concerned about compliance. An ideal vendor would be one that provides clear admin access controls protection against internet security attacks and provides a cloud architecture that is designed for optimal protection. Practical Guide to Cloud Vendors Evaluation

slide 5: USA | INDIA • Verify the vendor’s policy for protecting data. If you opt for a SaaS application do check on the security and maintenance layers that is applied to the application. Also verify the dependability of their data center facilities and their data management practices. • Look out if the vendor meets the industry specific security and compliance requirements. • Verify if the vendors meet compliance standards such as PCI-DSS SAS 70 Type II audit US-EU Safe Harbor framework and the standards set by HIPAA and DIACAP Service Level Agreements SLAs The industry is filled with vendors whose offering include tricky SLAs. The best approach you can adopt is to look through your entire operations and have clear expectations on availability transaction time and other performance requirements. You can then verify with the vendor on whether those expectations can be met and design your SLAs accordingly. It is also extremely important to perform a thorough research on the feedback and reviews available on the vendor services. You can also ask the vendor to provide you with references that you can check on. Practical Guide to Cloud Vendors Evaluation

slide 6: USA | INDIA Technology Stack Though the concept of cloud is essentially to let infrastructure platforms and services to be independent of each other in reality several cloud providers have aligned themselves to a particular technology stack. Considering a vendor whose technology stack aligns with that of your applications can save you a great deal in terms of time resources and expenses. Interoperability Hybrid Cloud providers offer users the flexibility to handle workloads across multiple environments. For example you can place a few of your applications in a public cloud and a few others that require enhanced security in a private cloud. Evaluate the ease of moving applications and databases across different environments. Practical Guide to Cloud Vendors Evaluation

slide 7: USA | INDIA Transparency When you are looking to move your mission-critical applications to the cloud make sure the vendor is willing to be transparent about their operations performance and problem management disaster recovery plans service-level management and usage management. Integration Capabilities Extracting maximum value out of cloud investments depends greatly on the ability to integrate all your applications public hybrid and on-premise to operate in unison. For this reason it is important to thoroughly evaluate the integration capabilities of the cloud vendors you are considering. Look out for the ability to provide data level business logic and user interface level integrations and the vendor’s ability to provide access to a pool of integration experts when required. Practical Guide to Cloud Vendors Evaluation

slide 8: USA | INDIA Along with this it is extremely important that you analyze the general health of the vendor’s business in terms of financial and operational performance. This ensures that the vendor is a serious player in the market and would continue to invest in providing you with relevant and high- quality services. As with other software offerings ability to demonstrate successful deployments flexibility costs and long-term price protection are also critical components in vendor evaluation. Our experts at Solunus keep themselves updated on the latest offerings in cloud technology. We help organizations understand and evaluate the various offerings that are available in the market and help you in choosing the one that fits your exact short and long term requirements. Practical Guide to Cloud Vendors Evaluation

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