What’s Your Cloud? Another major benefit of cloud computing is that services can be easily customized. The joy of cloud computing is that you don’t have to understand all elements of the process—your Microsoft Dynamics Channel Partner can help determine what you need for operations and how to access everything via a simple icon link. Businesses with aging equipment, seasonal variations, rapid growth, new locations or a need for remote access reap great rewards from the cloud. Young companies are also good candidates, as the cloud eliminates a large portion of a company’s initial investments. Myappsanywhere’s Lane offers several yardsticks for measuring a potential cloud service provider. First, Lane recommends providers that are established enough to have worked out system bugs. Find out if the provider is prepared to make the necessary investments to their infrastructure as their business grows. Lane also recommends going with a provider that has a robust, multifaceted system in place to monitor, manage and maintain the network and applications, as this will help remediate problems before they become unmanageable. Check, too, to see what sort of outage history the provider has and whether or not you can count on the network to be up and running at critical times. Don’t forget to look at Service Level Agreements, HIPAA, FFIEC and other regulatory requirements. Ask about data: do you own the data or do they? Do you care if your data is stored overseas? Cloud computing works best when it works for you. Visit www.myappsanywhere.com or contact your Microsoft Dynamics Partner to learn more about working in the cloud.