Among Private Equity Firms and Portfolio Companies alike, the term Cloud Computing is rapidly becoming the new IT kid on the block. Proponents believe the Cloud is an innovative new use of technology and the Internet that will optimize business operations, lower IT operating costs and improve productivity. But, like most things in life, caveat emptor.
IT services are delivered and subscribed to on demand through the internet, significantly reducing the need for software purchases and expensive infrastructure.
Long application development lead-times are virtually eliminated letting the business deploy new tools quicker and cheaper.
Outsourcing applications leaves internal systems unencumbered, producing faster processing speed and the ability to better integrate applications.
You can customize precisely to your need which will significantly reduce IT staffing costs.
Cloud Computing limits the user’s freedom to control the data stored on external servers which can affect an organization’s ability to manage privacy, security, and integration.
Accessing centralized servers relies heavily on third-party administrators for maintaining and installing new applications.
Cloud services can be absolute leading edge in their industries or highly masked proof-of-concept products, not quite ready for prime time.
Checking the Cloud
Our experience indicates many of America’s leading Private Equity Firms are looking at Cloud Computing right now to enhance their operations. As a result, we have developed a simple check list before you dive in.
Challenge yourself. Ask the tough questions.
What do we gain by outsourcing this or that function?
What do we risk by relying on someone else for this function?
What would happen if we were to lose access to the cloud for an extended period of time?
Don’t be the early adopter; be measured; be focused.
There are a select number of business applications where the Cloud is potentially viable…right now: E-mail Delivery, Anti-Spam Filtering, Compliance Archiving, Data Backup, Virtual Disaster Recovery and Remote Monitoring & Management (RMM). There are also a plethora of potential suppliers.
Take advantage of us.
You have full access to our intellectual capital and experience at no cost and no obligation. Let us help you separate the chaff from the wheat, which should save you time and money. So take advantage of us. Just give us a ring at 203-220-9556, and either John Bisack, or Mitch Crisci, our Vice President of Client Services, will get back to you ASAP.
By the way, we don’t use computer trees to handle your call; you’ll get a live voice. We just believe some things are better done the “old fashioned” way!
WONDERING WHAT TO DO NEXT?
If you would like to discuss how Cloud Computing can optimize business operations, lower IT operating costs and improve productivity, just give us a call, 203-220-9555. As a trusted client, you know there is no cost or obligation to the consult, be it remote or in person. It’s our way of saying thank you for your past business, and for making PIP America’s largest and most respected IT consulting & implementation organization dealing exclusively with the Private Equity Industry and its Portfolio Companies. For more about PIP services, company developments and testimonials, check out www.pip-llc.com.
When it comes to getting real value for your IT investment, it makes a lot of sense to make sure the consultants you hire have a proven track record in considering your business as his or her own. One of the best ways to do that is taking the time to talk to a few of their clients.
Read one of our testimonials:
“Charlesbank has worked with Performance Improvement Partners for several years. The feedback I receive from our organization on every project has been overwhelmingly positive. They are very responsive and provide quality deliverables.”
Managing Director, Charlesbank Partners, LLC
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