Questions to Ask your Cloud Provider:
Putting your data, software and hardware and important information services to the cloud is not without risk. While cloud service customers can save money in areas like software licensing, hardware costs, power charges and staff salaries, close attention must be paid to risk. The following presentation identifies six areas of risk you should be discussing with your cloud providers. Click on the Red Tabs in the presentation to view critical questions you should be asking.
Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later…
How much work is involved in the review and evaluation of outsourcing proposals? The amount of work you will have to do on the proposal evaluation is inversely proportional to the amount of work you put in on the development of your outsourcing requirements. This may sound a little counterintuitive, but let me explain.
For example, if you write a high level set of requirements, you might think that the proposals would be easier to review than if you write and must review detailed requirements and solutions. In a way, you would be correct. If you write high-level requirements, the proposal review will probably be somewhat easy, because the responses will probably be a bit vague and generic. If the service provider team doesn’t understand your exact requirements, they may try to cover the waterfront to ensure that they are not eliminated. There will be plenty of marketing materials and handy information on capabilities and service offerings, but little that is specific to your needs.