Define the IT Business Requirements
After considering the economic aspects of the cloud, the next logical step is to narrow the particular requirements of cloud computing for the organization. It is important that your presentation works toward building a business case for cloud computing.
Your presentation must address BallotOnline’s business requirements and critical IT requirements related to data storage. Make sure you classify the requirements into functional (behavior) and nonfunctional, as per the requirements definition link.
The business requirements should be explicit directives specifying what the solution should deliver for the business, formulated using imperative language (system should, or must, or will do this and that) rather than a general description of cloud solution features.
You will need to assess the IT needs or requirements of the business to determine whether cloud computing is a feasible option for the organization. To evaluate what the IT business requirements are, you should look at the company’s historical IT needs (current IT infrastructure), future growth areas of the business (new business and expected growth projections), and evaluating financial factors (ROI, TCO, IT budgets, service costs).
Cloud computing is a delivery model for IT resources that enables businesses to consume computing services—such as servers, storage, databases, networking, analytics, and intelligence—as needed, from a cloud provider’s infrastructure. Cloud computing offers a number of benefits, including:
- Cost savings: Cloud computing can help businesses save money on IT costs by eliminating the need to purchase and maintain their own hardware and software.