Enterprises are forecast to have 58 percent of their compute and data storage in the cloud in 10 years, compared with 28 percent currently according to a report covered in eweek.com.
The adoption of the cloud has exceeded expectations and along with it comes a host of wonderful benefits to any size of business.
These benefits include:
Management of even a small-scale network can be troublesome for businesses. Regular updates, scans, backups, monitoring, and inspections can be had when the business shifts to a cloud platform. Securing the business in this manner protects employee and customer information, patents and intellectual property, and other vital, private information. Cloud security allows for rapid roll-out and implementation of standardized updates and practices which will reduce typical intrusions and secure data that could otherwise be accessed from a physical location.
Every company wants to streamline its processes to save time and money. The use of technology grants a business many, wonderful opportunities to grow in all areas of business from marketing to product development. However, many businesses work off a tangled ecosystem of programs and services that don’t always “talk” with another; this leads to a bottleneck. With cloud computing, a business is able to deploy services which are standardized across all channels making it easier for employees to shift between workloads and eliminates issues caused by using multiple systems.
With the cloud comes incredible savings. Budgets can be adjusted because a large share will no longer be needed for areas such as hardware, software, and licensing fees. Additionally, costs associated with training new and existing employees will be reduced due to the standardization of the systems (as mentioned above) versus a seemingly never-ending learning environment that would come from a constant introduction of hardware and software. All the needed resources can be accessed through the Web along with training from the service providers.
“Technology used in cloud solutions must stay up to date and in line with the newest trends and features. There is no need to ‘rip-and-replace’.” What Christo Erasmus of Unit4 Business Software said rings true and is one of the major selling points of cloud services. The ability to have services catered to your business needs is a monumental step forward in improving productivity; services are conformed to the needs instead of businesses shaping around the service. Don’t need a particular module and don’t want to get stuck paying for the full package? Not a problem. You can choose what you need and scale at a later time when necessary.
Entry into a new marketplace on a global scale can be costly and difficult. With cloud services, the necessary tools and resources are easily accessible to anyone from around the World. A business can source individuals in new marketplaces and quickly equip them with the appropriate resources without the troublesome issues that come with the move such as language barriers, cultural differences, and hardware requirements.
A foray into cloud computing, security, and the variety of software-as-a-service options have already created a monumental shift in business operations. The reduced costs, improved security, flexibility, globalization opportunities, and standardization are just a few. Now’s the time to bring your business into the cloud – from this point forward there is no going back.