AND THE CLOUD
IT infrastructure is changing quickly, and most firms are now using some form of cloud service and the use of cloud services are only growing in popularity, this can have a dramatic impact on existing IT infrastructure configurations and the role that IT staff have historically played.. Financial incentives are
often an initial driver for a move to a cloud provider but in practice the financial reasons alone often do not add up to make this a sole reason for a project of this type.
Some firms may have requirements from their clients or perhaps internal teams to ensure that their data is stored locally. In some cases this is for perceived additional security, or there is comfort in being able to look at the servers that stores your data, these reasons are becoming easier and easier to dispute. That said there are still valid reasons that firms have for hosting their own server environment and storing their own data and applications. Even in these circumstances it is becoming more common to find a mixed infrastructure utilising cloud services and on premise servers.
The number of options can become confusing and an easy option can be to stay with the existing setup or just upgrade the existing infrastructure like for like. Any changes to your infrastructure should be part of your IT Strategy and should be planned and considered alongside the firm’s business goals.
Companies undertaking a review of this kind may well look to an IT supplier to provide hosting services. This IT supplier will become a critical partner of the firm, one that the firm could be heavily reliant upon for a number of years. It is essential that when undertaking a review of this kind there is a considered and documented process ensuring you make the right choice for your current needs but also those in the coming years.
3Kites is able to provide valuable assistance to firms reviewing it infrastructure and cloud services, because:
We have developed processes and templates which facilitate the gathering of key current and foreseeable requirements in a manner which takes up the minimum amount of internal time, whilst being sufficiently broad ranging. This is key to understanding requirements (and existing constraints and issues) for staff at all levels, and what support they want from IT in order to deliver their services to the firm’s clients. This information gathering could take many forms and regularly includes online surveys, interviews with key staff and facilitating workshops.
In some circumstances the existing IT configuration may not be fully understood or documented to the required level. We can in a short time frame conduct a survey of the “as is” IT position and document this allowing the firm to use this information to ensure their infrastructure requirements are fully understood and considered.
We have current and extensive experience of working with firms to review their infrastructure requirements and select suppliers that can provide the right solutions for them.
Our unique combination of lawyer, IT and supplier experience puts us in an ideal position to understand the requirements and the most practical ways of meeting them with the tools available. We are well placed to engage with the business and, if appropriate, its clients, to understand current issues and likely future requirements.
We are independent of any commercial ties to suppliers, we have good relationships with a number of suppliers to the professional service market and work to ensure we are up to date with their offerings and approaches. We take pains to share this knowledge across our team. Our independence is important as it ensures we recommend the best solution to the firm not the solution we have most experience of, an IT supplier will generally have systems they are trained and confident in, this can mean that a solution which is correct for the supplier and not correct for the client is often recommended.
We can provide the capacity and momentum to see the process through, so that it does not get delayed as a result of day to day pressures.
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