Cloud consultant and integrator Cloud Sherpas announced on Thursday that it will invest Â $10 million over the next two years to expand its vendor-neutral Cloud Advisory practice.
The advisory program operates independently of its technology services business units, and will be staffed by around 24 consultants in North America, Europe and Australia. The Cloud Advisory Practice will provide impartial guidance to clients looking for cloud solutions.
Prior to its vendor-neutral advisory program, Cloud Sherpas consultants managed more than 5,000 enterprise cloud implementations, and have guided clients in evaluating business cloud applications including Salesforce.com, Google, and DocuSign.
Google Apps is a popular choice for organizations in the cloud, with third-party apps helping to drive this popularity.
With compliance, interoperability and security to consider, the role of a consultant could prove to be a valuable resource for businesses looking to implement cloud solutions. Hosting service providers have sought to be a trusted advisor for clients, but this approach is different as it strives for vendor-neutral guidance.
Systems integrators have always been an important link in the channel, and as cloud services have become more common, some have shifted gears to address this demand. For example, earlier this week, systems integrator Rework transitioned to more of a cloud broker role with its new CloudPoint service.
Cloud Sherpas VP Matthew Johnson will run the practice, reporting to CEO David Northington. The Cloud Advisory program will officially launch in mid-April at a customer event.
“Cloud has fundamentally changed the landscape of technology and business,” Matt Johnson, Cloud Sherpas VP of Global Cloud Advisory said. “Moving your organization to the cloud is no longer a question of if or even when. Today, the focus is on how you’ll do it. Transitioning to the cloud may seem daunting, but through proper evaluation and strategy, a clear path is possible. We’re excited to formalize our approach to helping clients make that move.”
The Cloud Advisory team will help clients navigate their cloud plans through the Cloud Discovery Workshop, which includes four key components: cloud strategy, platform evaluation through vendor-neutral assessment of technology, business capabilities, and transformation plan.