Methods and Practice for automating your cloud
Many organisations adopt cloud-based computing in order to achieve operational cost-savings but fail to build efficiency into their plans and purchases. This is crucial because it is so incredibly easy to spend a lot of your money on cloud-services if you are not careful.
Automation comes into play by enabling you to set-out in advance what your workloads are, budgeting for them and ensuring these are upheld. A good example is Pay Per Unit (typically ‘seconds’) pricing for cloud – you are renting a cloud and so every second is charged for; this in turn means the ability to turn off workloads during quieter periods saves you money.
In the above scenario we can use the Microsoft E5 license as an example – there are in fact some organisations that ‘return’ expensive E5 licenses over a weekend in order to achieve cost-savings which can be invested elsewhere. Automating a system like this would save even greater budget.
Fundamental improvements you can make now
Automating your knowledge management and creation is often missed, often to the detriment to your firm. There are enterprise-ready tools used by most of the world’s universities and governments, including critical systems such as the military – Moodle. Click the image for details.
Automating security is often left last but should always be the first thing your IT service provider does. It is more than just antivirus, an established automated patch process and web-app security is critical. Ideally once an issue has been detected or a patch made available, you can approve remediation and simply observe progress.
Automating as a small business
Many small organisations become wary when coming across ‘Enterprise’ tools as they can often work on the presumption of a large team doing a particular task, which does not reflect the reality of how a small business works.
Not all automation platforms fit this profile and thankfully the tools above are among those which are flexible and scale with your business.
Your firm may not necessarily have the skills to adopt SME-focussed tools and that is totally fine. As with any function it is often more appropriate to bring in external expertise for these things.
Where can you find this expertise? For one, Hayachi Services are happy to help – we are proudly vendor neutral even with ourselves, we refer you to other firms if we are not suited to the task in question.
If you feel the workflow is fairly straightforward, consider speaking to JobCentre plus and your local universities to find or build that talent.