Cloud computing technologies are everywhere and they are dissimilar; this is why there is a need for a cloud management platform which can help businesses look after their data. Many enterprises are viewing cloud applications as the best solutions for optimizing IT expenses. This is because in cloud computing, you can use resources depending on your needs and pay only for what you use. At the same time, business owners are realizing that the earlier model of IT resource provision is not going to be enough because of the fast-changing client needs.
 
How is a cloud management platform essential for an enterprise’s IT strategy?

Today, businesses are allowing departments to have distinct cloud deployments to liberalize IT management. So, cloud management platforms are being used for managing different departmental requirements like project management, data sharing, and collaboration and for industry-specific requirements like reporting and analytics, Big Data processing in telecommunication, banking and ecommerce and automotive industries. However, this approach of deploying a cloud based platform has also hurled big challenges at the CIOs. Such challenges are centered on compliance issues, cost management, enterprise IT performances etc. To be able to counter such threats and challenges, a powerful cloud management platform or CMP is much required.

- The cloud management platform basically works like a consolidated platform which has many APIs for deploying, integrating and even scaling up an enterprise’s cloud ecosystem. So, using a CMP, it is possible to deploy multiple clouds with distinct infrastructure vendors and different architecture seamlessly. There will be a structured system for securing and managing data. So, for all businesses which have plans to deploy diverse cloud technologies, the cloud management platform is needed because it is simple and easy to use.

- It can benefit multiple stakeholders like R&D teams, operations staff, reporting teams and analytics teams. It can also prove useful to CIOs because it helps them understand how the cloud set-up works. They can also enjoy access to controls which enable them to respond to events faster.

- With a cloud management platform, the companies can not only understand how every cloud asset works; they can also evaluate their performances. The chief executives can make use of the dashboards to see compliance information. The CMP will also help businesses to analyze costs depending on the applications, providers or region. This information will give useful insights into usage and expenditure of cloud assets.

- SaaS applications are typically easy to implement and also scale up. So, you will only need a couple of hours to configure and use an application which caters to many users. For some applications like CRM this process takes a few hours, while for other applications like mass emailing software, it may take only some minutes. Since cloud apps such as these can be scaled up and down so speedily, the CIOs do not have much insight into the current or future IT costs. This is indeed a challenge for the IT staff because they must be able to predict the software or hardware needs of different departments and allocate resources effectively. With a CMP in place, the IT staff can understand the resource requirements better. They can also then assign the resources via a consolidated interface. Because real time tracking of such resource utilization is possible, it is possible for IT managers to take accurate cost-related decisions. The chief information officers can establish cost allocations project wise through a user-friendly dashboard. This in turn allows businesses to install thresholds so that cloud costs will not shoot up.

- The cloud ecosystem is usually unstructured in many ways and because of these different data models; the CIOs are often unable to get compliance information accurately. These IT executives will then have to devote a lot of time in finding, gathering and standardizing, and finally processing the performance data from the company. You cannot get real-time reports as a result and the IT staff is completely unprepared at the time of an audit. With a CMP, you can features which will enable IT managers to create real-time reports. Since it centralizes the performance data across many providers, it makes the compliance data readily available for the different teams like finance or IT.

- There is usually an information overload because IT teams must analyze huge volumes of data every day to make sure the cloud technologies are having the desired effects. However, this means multiple challenges because there are different data structures and cloud platforms, diverse locations, plenty of siloed applications and a wide range of parameters and formats. So, the data environment is bound to get highly complex. It is hard to manage and IT teams are forced to use many resources simply to keep this data properly updated and monitored. Even when information is properly organized, ensuring that the right data goes to the right executive is another problem. Here, a CMP helps because it can aggregate and process the performance data over both virtual and physical resources. There are many pre-built dashboards and users are provided with access to many features to make sure the right data reaches the right teams. The CMP will allow executives to optimize the cloud ecosystem and benefit largely from lower complexity and better resource allocation.

 

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