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Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization

by Erik Briceno

Most applications used daily on iPhones, Droids, handhelds, etc. are cloud-based. Many are using the cloud already, just not in business environments. But forward-thinking businesses realize that cloud computing offers the opportunity for increased productivity combined with managed costs. The best cloud providers deliver software over the internet, which eliminates the need to install and run these applications on local devices, simplifying maintenance and support.

Users are connecting to applications that run on a set of shared or pooled servers, rather than running on a single dedicated server. So, they are essentially outsourcing by having these computer services provided by someone else, which allows them to focus on what they need to get done.

“2018 will see increased cloud adoption as companies begin to realize that cloud vendors are able to offer more secure and high-performance infrastructure than they can provide for themselves,” said Nigel Kersten, chief technical strategist of Puppet, an open-source software configuration management tool.

1. Look Before You Leap

Organizations in the government, commercial and non-profit sectors are adopting cloud services from all deployment models — software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).

The first step toward success is building a strategy. Transitioning your business to the cloud will take time and effort, and you need to have a plan in place for getting your processes, workloads and applications there.

2. Lay the Groundwork

The next key will be managing the integrations needed to migrate to the cloud. Consider cloud options first; although, keep in mind that many organizations will turn to hybrid IT options, combining cloud services with traditional on-site hosting environments.

You will need high-quality data and research to bolster the many decisions necessary throughout the process:

  • What do you want to achieve by moving to the cloud?
  • Which are the best workloads to move to the cloud?
  • What skills will your IT team need to make this move happen?
  • What will all of this mean for the bottom line?

3. Hire an Expert

Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your OrganizationThe expertise of a strong cloud service provider can help you answer those questions and establish a pathway to success by spearheading the necessary tasks from risk assessment to strategy development to project planning. The provider should also help structure management for the entire migration project, with a focus on your successful business outcome.

For government agencies and contractors, in particular, look for a knowledgeable team that understands how to design, build, manage, maintain and monitor specialized government cloud solutions.

4. Reap the Rewards

By successfully migrating some or all of your business to the cloud, you will reap the rewards that have made the cloud a frontline business solution.

These benefits include:

  • Reducing initial costs and eliminating additional costs for your IT infrastructure
  • Allowing your staff to work faster and smarter by focusing strategic priorities
  • Leveraging economies of scale to obtain greater resources at a reduced cost

With extensive experience implementing cloud computing and cultivating client relationships, V2 Systems can guide you to successful results in leveraging cloud computing solutions adapted to your business.


Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY!

About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization
Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization