I'm working with a client right now helping them move their files and data into the cloud.
Their workflow is such that they that their staff travels frequently.
As a result they need access to files from anywhere in the world.
Now there are number of solutions out there that can solve this problem in its most simplest form.
Which is - I need my files in the cloud.
But the real key is understanding the workflow.
By understanding the workflow it helps you determine which product will provide the best solution.
Even within the products themselves there are implementation options.
So how do we get there from here?
The first step is to understand the workflow.
This usually involves a phone call, some screen sharing and a discussion around the workflow and processes that people follow today.
From there we model a solution.
Then we begin the iteration process.
This involves demoing the proposed solution.
And then doing a lather, rinse, repeat until we've got a working model.
Once we have a working model then we’re ready for deployment.
So to answer the question - what kind of cloud do I need?
The answer is... It depends.
It's important to understand what you need.
It’s a great idea to build a working model before moving forward.
BTW: This specific client went with SharePoint on Office 365.