There are business risks involved in moving to the cloud – will it cost more in the long run? Will this off-the-shelf system provide me the flexibility I may need for future projects? Will clients be unhappy with their information being held off-site? Legal issues should also be considered – what will it cost if they sue for losses or breaches? If I have to prove I followed regulations, can my cloud company provide a proper audit trail?

Proper risk assessment should be carried out for every aspect of the business that you may want to move to the cloud. What about service outages? Will I be first on the fix list? What are the disaster recover plans?


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  3. Europe suffers Google cloud black-out

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  4. Google BeyondCorp takes business apps to the internet

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  5. IBM to help fight Ebola outbreak using cloud and big data

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    Aims to use technology to collect and analyse information from the ground


  1. Google learns lightning does strike twice (or four times)

    Aug 24, 2015 Steve Cassidy

    The public cloud giant discovers design by theory doesn't cover every eventuality

  2. Why Spotify's privacy problems could be music to Apple's ears

    Aug 24, 2015 Jane McCallion

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  3. Vendor lock-in: Is it worth worrying about in the cloud?

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    Fear of lock-in puts many would-be cloud buyers off, but is it really worth worrying about?

  4. Private Cloud

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    There's no point battling against users, embracing shadow IT is the key