Microsoft Launches Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist

#Microsoft #CloudServicesMicrosoft Launches Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist : Microsoft has released a new Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist to help companies compare cloud service providers and reach better agreements.

Microsoft has developed a new Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist to help customers make better cloud procurement decisions as more and more organizations are looking to migrate workloads to the cloud.

Despite the benefits of cloud computing being clear, many organizations struggle with the process of contracting with and managing cloud service providers – particularly organizations that may use multiple providers.

Even for companies that are already managing multiple, complex business processes in the cloud, the process can be challenging and inconsistent, said Alex Li, a principal standards analyst at Microsoft, in a blog post.

Indeed, in guidance on the checklist Microsoft notes that the move to the cloud raises key strategic issues for an organization, such as how will data be secured, where will it be located, and how available will it be when it is no longer on premises?

Moreover, organizations must ask how the organization will continue to meet regulatory obligations. And how will the privacy of sensitive customer and employee data be protected?

Li argues that before the companies procuring cloud services can assess and compare the level of service offered by different cloud service providers, they need to clearly identify their own objectives and requirements.

Yet, many organizations have no structured way to determine these objectives or guidance through the decision-making process, Microsoft said. And without a standardized approach, companies have inked agreements that have not been in their best interest. This is where the checklist can help.

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