Cloud Computing Consulting

Cloud Computing is rapidly gaining momentum as the next paradigm in delivering Information Technology (IT) capabilities to organizations. It consists of dynamically scaling and virtualizing IT assets such as servers, desktops, applications, etc., in order to create services to consume instead of owning and managing technology assets. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) as well as other newly defined services are included. These have been made feasible by the development of the Internet (the Cloud), virtualization technology, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and myriad new vendor-hosted service offerings.

The potential cost savings available and ability to re-focus resources on core business functions are tantalizing, especially in the current economy. However, there are as many definitions and possible implementations of Cloud Computing as there are vendors and customers, and the migration to this brave new world is fraught with pitfalls, including degradation of service and performance, security risks, etc. If not done right the first time, the adverse impact to your business can be significant.

Since Cloud Computing is new and ever-changing, the planning for it can be daunting, inaccurate and costly. Organizations are often caught in a chicken-and-egg situation of deciding which vendors to engage with prior to fully understanding the vendors’ capabilities and their own requirements. Software as a service (SaaS) is especially difficult to implement with custom developed or modified applications or those with significant integration requirements.

IS Leaders is not a Cloud Computing vendor. We help clients develop and implement comprehensive Cloud Computing strategies that are independent of bias from vendors and are tailor made to fit each unique business – in half the time it usually takes. We provide a field-proven methodology and consultants that have worked on all sides of the issue: financial, organizational, legal, security, business process, systems and vendor. We offer:
  • Feasibility assessment
  • Financial impact analysis
  • Requirements analysis and management
  • Program design
  • Vendor selection and RFI/RFP process
  • Contract negotiation
  • Migration planning
  • Program / Project management
  • Application integration and remediation
  • Post-migration vendor integration and support
These services are delivered with flexible terms available including time-and-materials, fixed-bid and shared risk / reward models.

When you choose IS Leaders you not only get great expertise, you also have a partner that is willing to mentor your staff and be responsible for delivering results. In addition, we have experience working with many Cloud vendors that can significantly shorten the selection process.

Cloud Computing has the potential to quickly save up to 35% or more of an organization’s entire IT budget and allow rapid deployment of new capabilities and capacity, and organizations who implement early will gain an advantage in the marketplace. Contact your IS Leaders representative today to see if your organization qualifies for a free consultation.