In ZDNet’s July 1st article, TJ Keitt of Forrester Research tackles the most crucial questions that businesses moving to the cloud may overlook. While companies tend to devote a considerable amount of effort to exploring their new cloud-based platforms, they often allocate the bulk of that time into baseline comparisons of price and features, neglecting other essential areas of analysis.
Keitt urges businesses to consider the following questions when considering whether to adopt Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps:
- What do these tools actually enable our workforce to do?
- How can we make this solution secure?
- What are the unexpected costs?
- Are these the only two options for the cloud?
- What should we look for in an implementation partner?
Keitt highlighted CloudLock as a third-party vendor offering an additional layer of security for organizations using Google Apps:
This tool doesn’t support this security protocol out of the box? We can’t use it! What that thinking overlooks is an ever expanding ecosystem of third-party cloud vendors well positioned to provide additional layers of security to a cloud collaboration implementation. For example, Vaultive provides email encryption services for Microsoft Office 365 and CloudLock has a data loss prevention (DLP) solution for Google Drive and Google Sites. This sets up a situation not all that dissimilar to what IT leaders encountered on premises: A network of partners that fill gaps the vendor has in their base offering.”
To read TJ Keitt’s full article, click here.