As we transition to the cloud, one of the first things business owners want to know is: “How can I measure my success?” The cloud gives you an incredible amount of flexibility and freedom in how you run your business, but it also means it can be hard for some businesses to measure every metric with precision. Luckily, there are many tools and methods available for measuring success on the cloud. In this post, we’ll look at how you can use metrics like user satisfaction surveys and market responsiveness to gauge your business’s response to a new product or service launch on AWS.
We’ve put together this list of ways to measure your success on the cloud:
- Track your performance with metrics like usage, cost, and security.
- Measure your efficiency by using key indicators like uptime, response time, and availability.
- Check out how well you’re doing against industry benchmarks (like those from Gartner) that can help you see if you’re meeting your goals as a company or team member.
- Keep track of key performance indicators like employee satisfaction surveys or customer satisfaction ratings so that you can improve upon what’s working well already while eliminating what isn’t working well (or at all).
Learn to measure what you value most.
The cloud is a great place to experiment, but it’s more than just a sandbox. It’s important to measure your success on the cloud, too.
To do so, you need to define what you value most and then build up from there. For example:
- What do you want?
- What does success mean for your business? And what does it mean for each of its constituents (customers, investors, employees)? How does it impact them? Are they satisfied with how things are going at this point in time? Or not so much? Do they see any way that doing something differently would make their lives easier or more enjoyable if only they were given the opportunity (money/time allowance etc.)
Define your goals.
Once you’ve decided on a goal, set a deadline for achieving it. Once again, it’s important to be ambitious but realistic; if you’re not sure what your goals should be or how long it will take to achieve them, ask friends or family members who’ve been there before (or call us.).
After that, make sure that your goal is measurable. This could include setting up a monthly reminder in your calendar (that way nothing slips through the cracks), tracking your progress in a spreadsheet or Google sheet and sharing it with yourself and others as often as possible throughout the month (this helps keep accountability high). Ideally, though not necessarily always necessary, these tools should also allow for easy sharing between peers who may be working towards similar goals.
Define what ROI means for your business
What is ROI?
ROI is a measure of return on investment, or how well you are doing compared to your goals. For example, if you invested $1 million in your business and you make $1,300,000 by year end, then your ROI would be 30%.
How do I measure my success on the cloud?
To determine how well you are doing in relation to your competition, consider comparing their financial results with yours. You can also compare their growth rates with yours — especially when looking at longer time frames like 5 years or more.
Use the right metrics for the job.
Defining the problem before starting on a solution is important. Before you can measure your success in the cloud, you need to define what success looks like for you. Here are some questions that will help you think through this:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- How will I know if I’ve accomplished my goal or not?
- Am I being ambitious enough with my goals? Or am I being too ambitious and setting myself up for failure?
Asking yourself these questions can help you determine what metrics would be best for measuring your success. For example, if you’re looking to lose weight by working out more and eating healthier food at home, then it may be helpful to track things like how many times per week you go to the gym or run/walk outside and how often per week (or month) that happens; whether or not there’s been an increase in healthy food consumption at home; etc.
Embrace new metrics if they make sense for your business.
If you’re feeling stuck in your current metrics and analytics, consider using a new set of metrics that help you get more value out of your cloud investment. Here are some things to consider:
- Don’t be afraid to try something new. You might find that a new set of metrics makes more sense for your business than the ones you’re currently using—in fact, that can happen even if no one else is using them. If it works for you, it’s worth considering.
- Don’t be afraid to change or fail at first. You may hit on something great on the first try, or after many iterations. Either way, don’t let fear prevent you from trying something new and different (and then being wrong). The only way we learn anything is by failing sometimes along the way.
Survey user satisfaction
A survey is an easy way to get user feedback. Surveys are a great way to gauge your users’ satisfaction with your product and services, or even just their overall impression of you. They’re also very easy to do: all you need is some basic information about who you want to survey (age, gender, location), what they should be asked (what they think of the cloud in general, what cloud provider they use), and where they can take the survey (online or by phone).
You could make it even easier on yourself by using one of our many templates that come preloaded with all those options.
Gauge market responsiveness
- Gauge market responsiveness.
- Determine the effect of your cloud solution on the market. As with any new product, it’s important to measure customer acceptance and usage metrics. You can do this by collecting feedback from customers and learning more about their experiences with the service through surveys and interviews. If you have a dedicated support team, consider asking them for recommendations as well: they will be able to provide insight into how customers perceive your product’s quality across different demographics or geographies, allowing you to hone in on areas where your product is lacking or needs improvement.
Evaluate speed and control
Speed and control are two of the most important things to consider when you’re evaluating your options for moving to the cloud. Speed is important because it helps you deliver better service to your customers, which means they’ll be more likely to buy from you again. Control is also important because it helps you manage your costs and make sure that everything is running smoothly. This can be especially helpful if there are problems with your data or hardware, since they could lead to an outage that would cause clients to lose their work—and potentially see their businesses suffer as a result.
Can you identify and solve a specific problem?
In order for cloud computing to be a win for your business, you must first identify and solve a specific problem. For example, if your organization is experiencing:
- High overhead costs due to hardware maintenance
- A lack of redundancy in IT infrastructure
- A lack of interoperability between different departments
Can you identify and solve a specific problem?
When you set out to achieve a goal, it’s important to understand what that means. For instance, if your goal is “I want to run five miles in 30 minutes,” that’s not the same as saying “I want to be able to run five miles in 30 minutes.” The first statement suggests an end result—the second implies change and progress along the way.
By setting goals with measurable parameters (or metrics), you’re able to track your progress and make decisions based on data rather than guesswork or assumptions. Even better: if you can attribute those metrics back down into smaller chunks of time or effort required for each step toward completion, then those steps become easier targets for achievement too.
Our Final Thoughts
There are many ways to measure success on the cloud and many tools you can use to do it, but the trick is finding the tools and methods that work best for you.
If your company has never used a cloud service before, it’s important to measure how well users are responding to using this new technology. You want to know what applications users like or don’t like, how much time they spend on each application, etc. This will help determine if using the cloud will be worth their while in the long run.
It’s also important for business owners who have been using cloud services for years but have never thought about measuring their success properly until now. These companies might have found ways of gauging market responsiveness but not necessarily user satisfaction or speed/control issues while running their business off-site.
We hope this article has given you some ideas on how to measure your success on the cloud. There are many options available, but the most important thing is to choose a tool that makes sense for your business and rolls up into one simple metric that will help you track how well your cloud migration project is going.
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