With the cloud now being the defacto IT system for businesses of every size, for many the costs of not migrating to the cloud could far outweigh the costs of the actual migration. The cloud can give every business new opportunities to explore the potential for IT to revolutionize their operations, with a number of different SaaS (Software as a Service) applications designed to benefit a business from the second they are deployed. Here we will look at some of the reasons why not choosing the cloud could do your business more harm than good.
1 – Productivity could be impacted
SaaS applications such as Microsoft Sharepoint that are delivered through the cloud can help boost productivity amongst your employees and with such tools being deployed across a large number of organisations, you could be putting your business at a disadvantage by failing to invest in such collaboration tools. By giving employees tools that not only encourage but also assist them in working together, complex projects that could take months to complete could see their completion dates bought forward by a significant amount. SaaS applications also provide a platform on which large amounts of data can be shared seamlessly, for example Salesforce provides one central database from which your employees can access the CRM data for your business.
2 – You could be paying more than you really need to
Although the economy is displaying a good recovery, the importance of being able to cut costs if this can be done so without impacting on quality should never be underestimated. Currently where you are using a farm of physical servers, you could probably get the same level of performance and functionality from the cloud for a lower cost.
Reducing your IT costs can be achieved through the consolidation of multiple physical servers into a smaller footprint in the cloud, whilst with less physical servers your need for on-site support staff will most likely be greatly reduced. The money saved here could then be invested in other parts of your business in order to spur growth.
3 – Not keeping up could give others a competitive advantage
If your competitors are moving to the cloud and you are yet to do so, then you should pause for a second and ask yourself why. If everyone else is migrating to the cloud and your business isn’t then you could unwittingly be giving your rivals a serious competitive advantage. The construct of the cloud will give them the option to rapidly increase their capacity when necessary, whereas your business with a non-cloud infrastructure could be left behind as you struggle to add physical servers to your network in order to cope with capacity.
Websites visitors prefer a trouble-free experience, one with which pages load quickly and they’re able to place orders in just a few clicks; if your website receives visitor spikes every now and then, but doesn’t have the capacity in place to effectively and efficiently handle them, then visitors are likely to go to the websites of your rivals to complete their order instead, the idea being that the rival will be able to offer a smoother end-user experience. Migrating to the cloud will give you the tools that you require to expand your infrastructure as your needs dictate, with affordability being justified by the fact that you will only be billed for the resources that you use.
4 – Existing systems could be vulnerable
Cloud systems have been built from the ground up with security in mind. With much of the data stored in the cloud being encrypted, it is becoming harder for hackers to steal any usable information when hacking corporate IT systems; these high levels of encryption will also go some way to assuring your customers that their information will be stored safely once they’ve handed it over to you. Whilst security issues will always exist with IT infrastructures, cloud data and the underlying hardware is protected to a greater extent than legacy systems have been. If anything, a migration to the cloud is likely to provide you with nothing but improved security over your existing systems.
5 – The cloud lets your employees be mobile
Whilst mobile working is required for some roles, it is a huge part of workplace culture for nearly every role in a modern business. Giving your employees the opportunity to work from home one day a week can be a huge boost to motivation, and the cloud is instrumental in letting your employees be mobile. Data stored in the cloud can be accessed from a wide variety of devices, no matter what OS is being used; smartphones, tablets, desktop PCs and laptops are the main devices used for cloud access and with smartphones, tablets and laptops being portable devices, employees are able to take access to the corporate cloud with them wherever they go.