This article is the final instalment in our ’embracing the cloud’ series, where we’ve been sharing a series of keys on how to fully leverage the befits of the cloud. Find the rest of the articles on our blog, or download our guide for the full story in one place.
One of the major benefits of the cloud is that it enables deeper insights. With the cloud, it’s possible to monitor to levels that were impractical and out of reach for many companies previously. Take your log and analytics monitoring for example – in the pre-cloud world you had to deploy these monitoring systems yourself and spend your own time maintaining them. Now, because of cloud, you can simply consume log and analytics monitoring as a service. Subscribe to a service from a provider like Sumo Logic, and you’ll find you’ve got the same level of insight and analysis as some of the biggest enterprises in the world. Sure, technically you could gather metrics and do analysis on your infrastructure before, but only at huge expense. The cloud levels the playing field!
When talking about metrics, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t just be measuring things that your IT department is interested in. Leverage the economies of scale and affordability that the cloud allows to measure metrics that are important to the business – after all, the IT department exists to serve the business, and with cloud it can do this better than ever before.
Ask yourself the question: “How is IT performing in relation to the business?” Then put plans in place to measure things that matter. If you’re an online retailer, how long is it taking on average for customers to complete a purchase? How long does it take to process payments? The cloud will enable you to gather and analyse data to answer these questions better than ever before.
Then, once you’ve gathered data on metrics that are important to your business, the cloud will enable you to act on them like you’d never imagined possible. With cloud you have the power of fluidity and agility, and the ability to act on more of a ‘trial-and-error’ basis.