The cloud has made sweeping changes in the technology world that will be felt for years to come. Many companies rely on these solutions for critical business operations.
It’s not exactly a small operation. The public cloud services market hit $246.8 billion in 2017.
Now that cloud technology is more mature, organizations that held off on early adoption are in a position to benefit from innovation.
Here’s how they’re doing it.
Bring Your Own Device
Trying to configure network access for dozens of different mobile devices and laptops strains your IT resources. When you’re using a cloud-based system, you have less to worry about for user access.
Most cloud services are designed for anytime, anywhere access, so it doesn’t matter what hardware they use. Staff members get to use the systems that they’re most comfortable with, so you end up seeing a productivity boost as well.
The cloud removes the requirement for employees to stay anchored to a desk. Since nearly any device is fair game for accessing the public cloud resources, they can move away from their workstations.
You could have people working effectively when they’re on business trips or at field offices thousands of miles away. Each office could use the same tools as everyone else, giving remote workers the same access to tools that in-house staff members have.
Many cloud platforms have APIs or native integration with third-party services. You can expand the capabilities of these services and make collaboration easier between departments. A multidisciplinary team can bring together their available resources and put them in place to speed a project along.
Multiple team members can work off of the same file and see the changes take place in real time. A centralized database configuration gives you greater visibility into the information that your organization has available. \
It also cuts down on the amount of data entry work that your staff does. When you have a strong cloud adoption strategy, they no longer need to take data from one application and type it into another one manually.
Your IT staff has plenty of responsibilities that fill up their days already. They don’t always have time to handle all of the proactive maintenance that helps to optimize your infrastructure.
Cloud-based services use their own hardware to power the platform, rather than one of your own on-site servers. The IT technicians don’t need to worry about maintaining the hardware or dealing with many equipment issues that are related to that cloud service.
Reduces Upfront Costs
Deploying a completely new platform or application can take up a lot of your IT budget. You have to worry about licensing fees, ongoing support costs and the price associated with the hardware to run everything. The cloud service provider shoulders the equipment expenses. While you do have a monthly bill to worry about from the cloud services, the consistent ongoing costs are easy to handle compared to one massive upfront payment for hardware.
Cloud adoption is front and center for many organizations these days. It’s no longer a slowly developing market. Instead, it’s mature and ready to act as the basis for the next round of technological innovation.
So the question is… are you prepared to embrace the benefits of these cloud-based solutions?