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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Things Every CEO Needs To Know Before Opting For AWS

When a company decides to move to a cloud-based service, it is not just a technological change; it is a business decision. The CEO of that company might be acting on the recommendation of the company’s IT department, but he needs to understand the impact this change will have on the entire company. While strategy and costing is the responsibility of the IT department, here is what the CEO needs to know and consider before he gives this decision a final go.

The Cloud is Suitable for Your Business Strategy

The first question that arises is whether the AWS cloud is suitable for your business strategy or not? If your goal is to take your business to the international market and keep your services active 24×7, then you will benefit from the decision. When you want to take your business to the global market, it becomes tough and sometimes impossible to build in-house servers. That also eliminates the headache of maintenance and repair. Also, the AWS tests your system on a small scale first and then moves it further accordingly. You will also only have to pay for the resources you need, unlike other cloud systems where you have to get the full package.

Your Team Will Need AWS Training 

Now, before you decide to move to AWS cloud system, you need to know that your team will have to get some training to be able to perform tasks on the cloud. It is possible that some of your team members already know how to use the platform, but it is highly unlikely that everyone will know about it. For this reason, you will have to make sure that the company is providing the team with enough resources for the training. They can learn from online tutorials and guides, and they could also take a certified AWS training course.

Security Is Not an Issue

One of the major concerns that arise in an organization when it is moving to a cloud-based system is security. Data is everything in this new age. With AWS you don’t have to worry about your data getting stolen or breached. They take several measures to make sure that your data is adequately backed up and is unbreakable. The only people who will have access to the data will be you and your team. Having your data on AWS cloud servers is actually more secure than storing it on your in-house servers.

AWS Will Reduce Your Overall Expenditure

Moving to the cloud is a lot cheaper than other options. If you are deciding to build your own servers, it will not only take more time and resources, but it will also cost you a lot of money. Also, you will have to maintain them as well, which will be an extra cost. Cloud servers have been dropping their prices recently, and it has become much cheaper to get a service like AWS instead. Where you don’t get charged for the features that you are not using, so it is a win situation for you.


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Ryan Miller
Senior associate editor at ​the CEOWORLD magazine. Raised in Boston with a Brooklyn accent.
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