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Cloud consulting refers to the business of providing consultation in utilizing and implementing cloud computing to meet business needs. Cloud consultant can advise on all types of cloud platforms such as public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. Based on the needs of the organization and the strategy crafted, SaaS, PaaS, and/or IaaS platform would be recommended.

Cloud consulting is the process adopted by business consultants to help businesses adopt cloud based services through appropriate explanation of its benefits. Here are the most important factors every business person should look for in a cloud consultant:

1. Sandboxes

Sandboxes ensure efficiency and security in times of data transfers, which involves system development along with integration and migration of data. This implies that you should pay your platform vendor, and ensure lower project management costs and risk that comes with it.

2. System and data configuration backup

Before allowing any other person into your system, make sure you have secured your valuable data by backing it up. Ideal consultants ensure backups of data before touching any system in order to accelerate the analysis and reduce the chances of data damage.

3. Configuration logs

Make sure that the consultant keeps a SFDC log to track what he does every 90 days. This helps in figuring out what tasks have been conducted to speed up the completion of the project. The log may be in a form of spreadsheet or time card annotations.

4. System Access

An ideal cloud-consultant must ask their clients to set a strong login credential and instruct them not to share them with any personnel, third-party or data source involved in the project. This is beneficial both for the client and the consultant. While the security is strengthened, the client cannot question the cloud-consultant in case of any breach or manipulation in the data source.

5. Signoffs

Signoffs are important when there is a change in the orders. In addition, cloud-consultants ask for signoffs when a project is completed. Also, you may also be instructed to do a signoff after any discovery as well as during significant projects which may pose as milestones for your company.

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