3 Hidden Costs of Going to the Cloud

It seems like everyone one is going to the Cloud these days.  It makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons:

  • Shifts the costs of running your own data center and having to maintain hardware
  • More secure – best of the best are running and monitoring
  • Scalability – Use only the power you need when you need it
  • Automatically upgraded systems pushed out by the Cloud Providers
  • More features and options than you can do yourself

Those are just some of the reasons to go to the Cloud, but if your not careful going to the Cloud can be more expensive than you think for numerous reasons.  Here are 3 reasons that a lot companies don’t think about:

  1. Migration Costs – Getting to the Cloud costs time and money.  The planning process itself can take month to years depending on what you are trying to move.  If you are using the Cloud for app development, it is easier than if you are moving file shares or Collaboration environments like SharePoint to Office 365.  From planning comes running the migration jobs, monitoring, and remediation.  All take time and money.
  2. Mismanagement of Resources – Everything in the Cloud costs money: storage, processing power, data streaming, using services, etc.  In efficient code or leaving test environments running when not in use are slow drains on your system that quickly add up to big money.  Also failing to manage users who leave your organization is just trowing money away to user based subscriptions models like Salesforce or Office 365.
  3. Change Management – Businesses under estimate the cost of re-educating and re-training users on the new system.  It costs time and money to create training materials, train users, and get them up to speed quickly.  Loss of productivity can be experienced during the transition and should be planned for.

These are just a few of the way reasons companies don’t see as much ROI on their Cloud investments as they would like.  The good news is with proper planning, budgeting, and monitoring, these drains on ROI can be minimized and companies can make the most of transitioning to the Cloud

On the SPOT Podcast – Episode 1

I recently partnered with a co-worker, Jay Leask, to begin a new podcast called On The SPOT – A podcast about working at the SPeed Of Technology


It’s podcast where we talk with industry influencers about working at the speed of technology. Topics may include information management, data governance, compliance and security, collaboration and productivity, the cloud(s), and much much more!

We’re excited to release our inaugural episode – On The SPOT Podcast with Asif Rehmani, with guest Asif Rehmani, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VisualSP.  The first of hopefully many of On the SPOT podcasts.  Please check it out and don’t hesitate to let us know what you think!


SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs

Almost four (4) years ago to the day, on May 20, 2013, me and a group of friend organized SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs.


Last Saturday, May 19th, we held our 4th event.  We also coupled it with an event we had been doing separately called Cloud Saturday.


Cloud Saturday was born a spin-off of the original event because Microsoft pulled back on using the name SharePoint, was pushing hard for the Cloud, and Amazon Web Services, Saleforce, Google Cloud, and other technologies were on the rise.

This year, like years past, we had really Great Sponsors and really Great Speakers and feel fortunate to have so many people want to be apart of our event.  The attendees all seemed to have a good day.  This year we cut session times from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour, so we were able to get out of the event a couple of hours early and many people remarked how they appreciated that.

Getting involved in user groups, speaking at, and hosting events is something that has really helped me with career satisfaction, establish a great network of friends, and made me really appreciate how great the SharePoint\Cloud community really is!

I can’t wait to start planning out the event next year.  We got some great feedback and look to implement a number of things to help make the event even more successful.