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Ten Tips for Taking Your Business Into the Cloud

There's little room for error if your company decides to make the transition from a provider of on-premise solutions to a service provider via cloud computing. If you don't take the time to develop reliable services that match the reliability of your on-premise offerings, your credibility will suffer--and customers will lose faith in your ability to deliver on your service promises.
However, done methodically and carefully, cloud computing allows you to bring products and services to market faster, using a delivery method that customers will increasingly demand. (They have their own reasons for preferring the software as a service model--among them, faster implementation times and easy, cost-effective upgrades.) In the traditional packaged software model, you typically reach time to value in six months to one year; in the cloud computing model, time to value is reached in as little as one to six months.
In any event, there are 10 tips for taking your business into the cloud.
Source: CRM Buyer

There's little room for error if your company decides to make the transition from a provider of on-premise solutions to a service provider via cloud computing. If you don't take the time to develop reliable services that match the reliability of your on-premise offerings, your credibility will suffer--and customers will lose faith in your ability to deliver on your service promises.
However, done methodically and carefully, cloud computing allows you to bring products and services to market faster, using a delivery method that customers will increasingly demand. (They have their own reasons for preferring the software as a service model--among them, faster implementation times and easy, cost-effective upgrades.) In the traditional packaged software model, you typically reach time to value in six months to one year; in the cloud computing model, time to value is reached in as little as one to six months.
In any event, there are 10 tips for taking your business into the cloud.
Source: CRM Buyer