Video: Making good SaaS and cloud decisions

Summary:The cloud offers huge opportunities for IT, but there are also important prerequisites. Larry Dignan and Jason Hiner go through the factors for making good SaaS decisions.

Software as a Service can free up infrastructure costs, cut licensing fees, and provide greater portability for your applications. The IT departments that have embraced those benefits are unleashing resources that were previously tied up in maintenance costs and using them to do more innovative things to help the business.

That's the story that companies and their IT departments typically tell to justify moving applications to the cloud. However, there are risk factors and best practices that are important to keep in mind in order to get a good outcome on a cloud migration.

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In this 30-minute webcast, ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and I walk through some of the most important factors that you'll need to be aware of before making the decision about what apps to move to the cloud, how to select good providers, and what you need to know when you go into a cloud deal. 

Some of the other specific factors we discuss are:

  • How can you safely manage data in the cloud?
  • How could potential government regulation affect your SaaS implementation?
  • Should you worry about future cloud products offering dramatic improvements after your cloud implementation is complete?

Our colleague Juan Martinez serves as the moderator for this discussion.

You can view the video webcast on demand over on TechRepublic. It is free to all registered ZDNet and TechRepublic members (if you aren't already registered then it only takes a moment). Once you're registered, you'll be able to open the console to watch the video.

Topics: Cloud

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).

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