Cloud migration is the practice of moving data from one place to a virtual, internet-based location, known as the cloud. This may involve moving information from physical hard drives to the cloud or even from another cloud.
It is a simple process that could have a profound effect on your business.
The Impact On IT
IT is something of an umbrella term. Your IT staff are expected to stay on top of a wide range of tasks and issues. The problem is that while IT staff are typically highly skilled, they spend most of their time dealing with mundane chores, such as system updates and routine maintenance. These tasks are important, yes, but they can prevent you getting the most out of your team.
Reputable cloud services take care of low-skilled but time-consuming tasks. Your highly skilled and often highly paid IT team, therefore, can then focus on more pressing matters or tasks that are more aligned with your long-term business goals. Not only does this shift provide IT personnel with an engaging work environment but it also means that your entire business will run more efficiently.
The Impact On Other Staff
While the impact on IT is obvious, cloud computing benefits the rest of your business too, sometimes in surprising ways. For example, by being able to access business data and applications from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection), your staff don’t need to be in the office to work efficiently.
This is obviously hugely beneficial when on a business trip. Not only are you and your staff able to work on pressing matters when traveling, but instant access to your business resources can make negotiations and interactions with business partners and clients easier and more efficient than ever.
On top of this, the impact of bad weather, travel delays, and train strikes is minimized. You and your staff can remain productive even when circumstances beyond your control create havoc.
Employing Talent From All Over The World
One of the most impactful elements of cloud migration is the ability to seek the best person for the job from anywhere on the planet. The remote access and flexibility of cloud computing mean that you are no longer beholden to the limitations of geography when looking for new talent.
This is obviously not always possible for some businesses. Many businesses require staff to be in the office at some point during a week, month, or year. And working away from the office does not always suit everyone in an organization.
Remote working is on the increase, however, and cloud technology is a major part of that shift in practice, providing new opportunities for staff and businesses alike.
Reducing Property Costs
Due to this type of flexibility, the size of and need for office space has been greatly reduced. Employees and employers are shifting toward working wherever suits them, not in traditional locations.
Property prices are a major outgoing for all businesses, so even a small percentage reduction in costs in this area can have an enormous impact on a business’s bottom line.
If you’re considering change, don’t do it for the sake of it. Make a change that has been shown to impact all main aspects of a business for the better. Cloud migration will allow your business to be dynamic enough to keep making changes that bring you closer than ever to achieving and exceeding your business goals.