Economist best cloud practices report recommends gradual scaling

The Economist has released findings from a study on cloud implementation best practices including engaging the company on a wide scale in consultation as well as scaling up gradually as opposed to taking an all-or-nothing approach.

The study, conducted by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit on behalf of SAP, analysed six companies and recommended that businesses use wide array of stakeholders across business functions, within and outside of the company, throughout the process from planning to implementation.  It also recommended improving and scaling cloud deployments on a continuous basis.

“By staying open to adding new features based on a combination of the original implementation plan and continuing feedback from users, the system can get smarter and more effective over time – a key benefit of cloud computing,” the Economist said in a statement.

The companies evaluated for the report included Schneider Electric, Genpact-MIT, Telus, North Georgia Medical Center, Swisscom-cablex, and db5.

In addition to the two key recommendations, the Intelligence Unit also noted that companies should include users in the planning team, engage local evangelists, and focus on collaboration between previously-siloed organizations.


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