The cloud is a constant and dynamic technology phenomenon. Its popularity and value are growing each day. Companies small and large are starting to notice the consistent benefits that the cloud offers to their businesses: cost efficiency, scalability, stability, flexibility, and much more.
The key, however, is knowing when it’s the right time to move into the cloud. After that, you’ll need to understand which cloud model best suits your needs.
First, let’s review some key signs indicating that it’s time to move to the cloud:
A Growth in Customer Needs
If a business’ customer needs are moving at light speed, enabling a quicker response rate is mandatory. Relying on a scalable tool that adjusts effortlessly with business needs means one less thing to worry about! Moving to the cloud allows these organizations to ditch costly on-site hardware that slows them down, empties their wallets, and can be compromised at any given moment by natural disasters or error. Grow and accommodate customer needs without sacrificing the efficiency and security of business computing. Cloud is the way to go for businesses that need real-time resources to react to both customer and employee expectations.
The Team is Disconnected
50% of companies will require employees to provide their own device by the year 2017. Why is this important? Traditionally, when employees need to leave the office, they had limited access to business data and resources. With the cloud, they have the freedom to operate anywhere, at any time, on any device. The concept of an “office” is changing, because the work environment can be anywhere. This not only cuts down on costs, but it keeps a business connected and enables easy collaboration, whether users are at home, on a plane, or in a different country. Communication is a key to business success. Cloud offers new ways for everyone to remain in contact, including virtual meetings, easy file sharing, on-demand resources and more. The cloud is a great fit for businesses that want greater mobility and improved communication within their organization. 64% of business executives today say that new initiatives are implemented faster when their business is working with cloud collaboration tools.
The IT Team Is Tied Up
Is the business’ IT team tied up with system upgrades, infrastructure maintenance and dealing with network issues? Moving to the cloud allows IT to emerge as strategists, innovators and leaders. Usually, the IT department heavily focused on managing day-to-day server maintenance. Today, this isn’t the best way to utilize this team. A cloud provider takes on the responsibilities of managing and maintaining a business’ cloud infrastructure. 65% of businesses move to the cloud to free up IT to work on more strategic tasks. That number will only increase in coming years. By removing these employees from the traditional IT tasks, a business eliminates unnecessary workloads and focuses more on productive tasks that will impact business growth.
A Need for Greater Security
Many businesses carry sensitive data, so security is highly important. Organizations fearing security breaches or data loss might want to look into implementing cloud solutions. By removing on-site physical equipment, they eliminate the fears of easy access to their infrastructure. Cloud computing supports and keeps a backup of business’ critical data in a virtual environment protected by both network and physical security. Since the cloud brings a business into the virtual world, losing a device or spilling coffee on a desktop isn’t detrimental. It’s easy to maintain access by logging into the cloud environment on a phone, tablet or laptop and boom – there’s all of the information needed. Cloud computing ensures an organization has a team by its side that keeps an eye on its cloud system 24x7x365.
A Tight Budget
In-house hardware is eating away at business’ budgets. If an organization is constantly spending on labor, upgrades, electricity, hardware, maintenance and more, it’s time to make some changes. Traditional hardware uses a lot of power and space, but cloud computing works off virtual servers that reduce the server footprint and energy usage. So with a cloud provider, a business can spend less on these resources than they would in-house. Cloud also reduces CapEx and moves businesses into an OpEx model with the pay-as-you-go method. An organization only has to worry about paying for what they need at the moment, and then they can add more resources as the business grows.
2.4 billion people now use cloud-based services in some shape or form, even if they’re not aware of it, so it’s clearly making an impact! The move to the cloud can happen in many ways. If one of the key signs we talked about above applies to a business, then it’s probably ready to move to the cloud. Thanks to RapidScale, these organizations don’t have to make the move all on their own.