Years ago, there was a saying “You can’t be fired for selecting IBM.” In today’s competitive business environment, selecting a cloud provider is a critical strategic decision.

This article explores some of the areas to focus on as you embark down the cloud evaluation and selection road.

A CIO colleague of mine once said, “I’m going the safe route and placing all my eggs in the Amazon basket.” It wasn’t until months later he discovered he was paying four times what he should be because he bought the complete five-course dinner versus à la carte services for what he needed.

Listed below are eight keys areas to consider when selecting a cloud provider.

Eighty percent of the work in moving to the cloud is defining your objectives and obtaining a consensus from the senior management team you have that sewed up.

As you discuss these requirements with various providers, ensure they understand what your goals are and can converse at your level in terms of objectives.

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