It is imperative for chief information officers (CIOs) to be aware of their enterprises’ cloud strategies because it will allow them to safeguard the data of their organizations and allow them to leverage IT infrastructure available within the premises to get the best results in a hybrid cloud environment.

It also provides them the leeway to install applications and resources using one of the three, i.e., software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS), models created around an appropriate hybrid cloud approach that does not affect their traditional applications performance. In order to be able to do this, they expressly need to design a cloud sourcing approach expressly for their company. It should be such that it provides a seamless experience for their users and keeps the company abreast of changes taking place in the market.

The biggest challenge for CIOs these days is the dearth of capable IT staff, and this can only hamper their cloud sourcing approach. But the profitability can be achieved if the resources are optimally used in the present in order that flexibility and dexterity will facilitate speedy adjustment to changes in the future. An enterprise can gain an edge over its competitors by being one up on cloud adoption tactically as cloud technologies change and the way services and applications are being consumed.

A cloud strategy can be implemented in phased manner.  In the first phase, the thought leaders of the companies cloud strategies should know how their organizations are making use of the cloud presently and what they need in the future. Second step entails making use of the knowledge gathered to know better what your company is seeking to do with the cloud. In the final step, strategies should be revisited and to be doubly sure that organizations are on the right path.

It needs to be reiterated that before going ahead the CIOs need to understand at what stage the cloud services of their companies are presently capable of. This helps in arriving at a well-defined cloud strategy.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of a cloud, CIOs need to concentrate on a sourcing strategy, which provides the flexibility and the swiftness needed by businesses to speedily embrace a newly emerging business environment.  CIOs can make use of some groundbreaking approaches to match the resources that they have without incurring additional capital expenses. This will also help them in making time available for the staff to concentrate on their core business activities.

A proper cloud sourcing approach will help an organization’s IT team to deal with its comprehensive goals by selecting the right combination of private, hybrid, and public cloud services that will encourage innovation, improve business efficiency, decrease risks drastically, and make it more cost-effective.