The cloud has had a significant impact on the Nigerian IT space as more enterprises build out their digital strategies to remain competitive.
According to research from the International Data Corporation, cloud spending will increase from $229 billion in 2019 to almost $500 billion in 2023. And Nigerian businesses have also been increasing their cloud spend exponentially over the past few years.
Not only does cloud boost flexibility and collaboration, it’s also more cost-effective and allows employees to access information from anywhere and at any time. And with the option to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy, businesses really do have the freedom to tailor cloud applications depending on their unique requirements. Here are a few things Nigerian enterprises should consider when acquiring a cloud solution:
Enlist the help of a business analyst
The role of a business analyst is to match an organisation’s need for change with solutions to enable that change. It’s their job to understand business requirements and use this knowledge to plan accordingly. A business analyst will ensure that the cloud solution matches the business’s strategy and that the selected cloud solution will foster more efficient business processes.
Opt for easy encryptions
One of the greatest uncertainties people have when moving to the cloud is security. To mitigate the risks of cloud computing, it’s important to encrypt everything you put in the cloud. While a cloud service provider should have security measures in place to keep your information safe, it’s also your responsibility to ensure that private information is kept just that, private.
Don’t stick with the same database
When choosing a cloud solution, it can be tempting to just stick with what you know. By this we mean that you might be tempted to try and use a cloud database that’s the same as the database you already have on-premise. But what benefits are you reaping if you’re using the same technology? The beauty of the cloud is the agility and flexibility it offers. Have you just signed on for a big project? By moving to the cloud, you can access architecture that allows you to scale up and down with no problems.
Keep an eye on compliance
As we mentioned earlier, any enterprise adopting a new cloud solution needs to be mindful of security. Similarly, if your business is moving sensitive corporate and consumer data to the cloud, you must ensure that your strategy complies with your industry’s data governance and compliance regulations. When undertaking any cloud migration, sound security and governance are some of the most important parts of the process.
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