Reasons to Move to the Cloud (And Some Challenges)

Reasons to Move to the Cloud (And Some Challenges)

Technology advances fast and so does our interaction with it and the way that we do some basic operations that we are used to. It may sound strange now, but as recently as 15 years ago it seemed safer to store all your data and documents locally on your own hardware. With today’s online services and apps, just as well as an increased security, there are a lot of reasons to think about moving…

 

 

Why Move to the Cloud? – 10 Reasons Why You Should

 

With the world changing at a rapid pace and technology advancements leaping bounds, every business is under pressure to perform, grow and maximize return of investment to sustain and survive the ever increasing competition. IT departments in today’s businesses are no different and have been scouring for ways to improve bottom line while not sacrificing quality. They, in the process, are looking at Cloud computing as a means to achieve this objective. Cloud computing offers several advantages and aids them in becoming more efficient and cost-effective. Few of the advantages offered by the cloud that are encouraging to move to the cloud include:

 

  1. Cost Savings: Cutting down on the cost assumes significant importance for any enterprise and cloud service providers offer computing power at low cost given the fact that service providers benefit from huge economies of scale. Another aspect is that cloud services are offered in a pay-as-you-use model that requires the companies to pay only for the services used thereby facilitating cost-savings.
  2. Investment:  Companies, in the current scenario, find it difficult to invest heavily in IT equipment given the dearth of funds required for capital projects. Hence, opting for a cloud based infrastructure allows CIOs in managing the resources and expenditure more efficiently. Delivery of services over the cloud means that costs can be adjudged as operating expenditure with a monthly budget and hence can be planned accordingly and managed efficiently. Similarly, adopting cloud-based infrastructure facilitates CIOs in planning much more efficiently because the decisions about key issues such as server life expectancy is taken by the service provider and the companies are always assured of using the energy-efficient and latest equipment
  3. Integration: With increasing number of companies looking for integrated solutions as against the traditional siloed applications approach, cloud serves as the best means by providing a common platform for integration to take place across a multitude of services such as infrastructure services, management, data, identity and development.
  4. Scalability: Cloud computing allows companies to scale up or scale down the services implemented with great ease and flexibility eliminating the need to plan and acquire own infrastructure to cope with the sudden influx of demand.
  5. Flexibility: Modern organizations of today are enabling employees to access corporate data from a multitude of locations and variety of devices. This flexibility can be made easier by employing cloud services. Cloud services enable IT environments of customers to be fluid and dynamic with the ability to add new services and spin up new businesses and efficiently respond to increasing customer needs. The flexibility offered by cloud services enable enterprises to adapt and offer effective services to customers.
  6. User Control: Over the past decade, the concept of BYOD has emerged and with increasing proliferation of this trend, IT departments are finding it difficult to manage the compliance and security issues. As the enterprises move beyond the borders of their data centers, cross-cloud authentication becomes imperative and cloud computing enables a Single Sign-on (SSO) thereby facilitating a single environment for the IT department to manage credentials and user accounts across a multitude of user experiences and devices.
  7. Increased Collaboration: Cloud computing enables employees situated in various locations to collaborate easily. By providing simultaneous syncing, working and sharing documents and records in real time, cloud computing helps increase the collaboration and efficiency of employees.
  8. Speed: The amount of time required to commission, install and configure services generally takes weeks in the traditional method while using a cloud service provider enables the enterprises to set up and run the services in matter of hours. This sort of dramatic decrease in turnaround time is perhaps the strong driving force to adopt cloud services.
  9. Easier Patches and Upgrades: Maintenance of software is one of the most challenging tasks for the IT department and significant amount of time and resources are often used up for performing these mundane tasks leaving little time for strategic planning. However, with the changing role of IT in business spanning across to strategic planning, increasing revenue, efficient management of resources and advancing innovation, they have little time for mundane tasks. In such a scenario, implementation of cloud services eliminates the hassle of software maintenance as the service provider looks after maintenance and upgrading to latest software thereby enabling IT department to focus on other important issues.
  10. Security: Perhaps, the weakest link in the initial days of cloud adoption was the security concerns raised by the consumers. However, as time passed, CIOs have begun to realize that these concerns were misguided and cloud providers could actually provide higher levels of security and data integrity. Cloud services providers, equipped with huge economies of scale have more specialized staff and place greater emphasis on security thereby offering enhanced levels of security for sensitive enterprise data.

 

Whether your organization is new to the cloud, or you need to expand or consolidate existing cloud services, contact us today for a FREE initial assessment at 662 542 241 or ck@mallorcatech.com. We are here to help with our award winning Cloud Solutions!

 

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