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Choose your cloud partner wisely

ARTICLE | October 18, 2022

Authored by RSM US LLP

It’s easy to get lost in the technology of cloud adoption. For some businesses—whether they’re tech-savvy or not—it’s overwhelming. For others, it simply becomes a technical exercise, consuming staff time with analyses and assessments.

Knowledgeable middle-market businesses understand that the cloud isn’t an end in itself; it’s a strategy to achieve broader business outcomes. But it’s still easy to get bogged down in the technology. That’s why it’s important to keep sight of the big picture and remember the fundamental motivation for your digital transformation: to improve your business. And that’s why you want to choose a cloud partner that can help you get where you want to go.

Depth and breadth

It’s extremely valuable to work with cloud consultants who are first and foremost business-minded. Technical expertise is essential, but it’s not beneficial if it exists in a vacuum. You want to work with consultants who can implement cloud strategies that address your specific business objectives and regulatory needs.

RSM develops cloud adoption journeys with clients’ holistic business strategies in mind. We have clients of all sizes in many industries around the globe, and we pull together consulting teams based on each client’s unique business and needs. In addition to our extensive cloud adoption experience, we have advisors on staff who handle everything from tax and audit to finance and technology. In other words, RSM has the resources available to advise on almost any issue that might arise during your cloud adoption journey.

"RSM is a national brand, and there is a certain level of comfort and confidence knowing that they have financial institution experts that are working with us on a daily basis. I associate RSM with a higher level of expertise, and I feel that they have access to the necessary resources, as applicable, to provide us with the IT solutions that we need."

Tom Chalstrom, President and CEO, First Federal Credit Union

The full range of options

You also want a cloud adoption partner who has experience and expertise with all of the possible solutions available to you. You don’t want to be a square peg pushed into the round hole of a consultant’s limited solutions. You need a personalized solution, including one that offers a full range of options with explanations of how each might address your specific objectives.

RSM’s holistic approach to developing a cloud implementation strategy involves understanding your organization’s business goals, assessing your current IT environment, including your ERP and on-premises systems, then explaining the relevant technology options you have. Because our team has broad experience and accreditation, we start with the systems you currently run and help you build the optimal cloud ecosystem. If a greater systems overhaul is needed, we can advise on and oversee the design and implementation of a diverse set of solutions, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) options. Our delivery process ensures your systems and applications adopt a smooth journey to achieve a well-prepared foundational framework that offers the greatest attributes of resiliency, scalability, cost-optimization, security, governance and operational excellence.

"There’s just a level of confidence we have in RSM to figure out how to fix problems or come up with an alternative in a timely manner, where before it might have taken us months to achieve."

Scott Ripper, Network Manager, Raba Kistner Inc.

RSM as a Service

The ultimate advantage to adopting your data and systems—or your entire infrastructure—to the cloud is that it automates formerly time-consuming tasks and frees your team to work on higher-value business tasks. To help streamline the adoption, you need a cloud partner that can manage licenses and staff IT, as well as carry out all of those former on-premises tasks.

RSM managed services can do all that. Think of us as RSMaaS—RSM as a Service—a one-stop shop for managing all your digital transformation needs, so you can focus on the heart of your business. RSM’s team of consultants has been advising companies about technology solutions, then implementing and monitoring that technology, for decades. The experience and backgrounds of our consultants span the spectrum of industries and companies, and we’re proficient with all the major cloud and application software solutions. No matter your needs, we can provide a complete set of services—from initial planning to implementation to managing your cloud infrastructure.

"It’s nice to have multiple services with one vendor. RSM was the one company that could put what we needed under one roof where we didn’t have to bring in additional third parties."

Chris Neal, Senior Vice President of Operations, First Federal Credit Union

Selecting the best cloud adoption partner for your organization is vital. Doing so ensures that you’ll reach your cloud adoption goals sooner, which means reaching your business goals sooner. RSM’s experienced team of advisors knows what it will take to succeed at every step of your cloud adoption journey because our managed services teams have advised and managed hundreds of middle-market businesses’ digital transformations. We’ve helped these companies transform their businesses, and we have the skills and experience to help you, too.”

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This article was written by RSM US LLP and originally appeared on Oct 18, 2022.
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