If you are not leveraging cloud computing for your business, you could be passing up the opportunity to work with latest software, gain access to huge amounts of data storage, and not only work more efficiently, but more economically too.
Cloud computing is gaining momentum in the business world as more and more companies look to transform their operating models from analogue to digital. The reason these enterprises are making the shift is simple:
A growing number of consumers, both B2B and B2C, are preferring to do business with digitally-savvy companies, and if you don’t flip the switch and embrace digital transformation, you’ll find it challenging to achieve growth.
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IBM believes that far too many companies are still relying on old on-site IT infrastructure when making digital transformation initiatives. Using outdated, on-site technology can work for some businesses, but if your digital transformation strategies rely on ‘always-on’ connectivity, the cloud is your best big business bet yet. Here’s why:
1. Cloud keeps infrastructure costs in control
The ability to access information technology services ‘on-demand’ (as they are needed) helps organisations move from capital intense operations to an operational expenditure model.
“No longer are these companies required to commit to large-scale capital projects, spending thousands on servers and software licences, which may only have a limited lifespan,” Jacobson says.
If your company uses IT services based in the cloud, your technology provider takes on the responsibilities for the maintenance of the majority of the infrastructure. Businesses like yours can basically become consumers of IT services rather than the owners of the hardware – ensuring you aren’t spending money on tech that you won’t need in a few years.
2. Cloud makes maintenance a breeze
Because your cloud-tech provider is responsible for the server, its software and the overall network management, your in-house IT team can now be deployed to work on other business projects that require their insights.
“No longer do your IT staff need to spend all day simply keeping the company’s computer fleet working properly,” Jacobson adds.
He says that reputable cloud vendors employ dedicated teams of experts whose sole responsibility is ensuring continuity of service – your service. “In terms of upgrades, these are provided at the vendor-end, rather than in-house, which saves both time and money for cloud users. When the cloud provider invests in new solutions, these are made available to customers, enabling them to access advanced tools and applications at no extra cost,” he adds.
3. Cloud unlocks greater workforce capability
Using the cloud, employees can work from almost any location. “They can access important files, data, documents and IT tools from a range of devices from almost any connected location,” Jacobson adds.
This is a particularly important characteristic on the cloud, as it enables improved workforce mobility. Your on-the-road sales teams need not have to wait for documents that are stored on the server at the office, they simply log in to your cloud server, find the items they need and carry on with business as usual.
“A study conducted by IDG highlights the range of services already utilised by business employees in the cloud,” Jacobson says. These services include responding to work emails (94%), using Office applications (76%), accessing virtual private network servers (75%) and video conferencing (25%).