Over the past few years, cloud computing has evolved to transform how we do business.
And it shows.
According to research by IDG, 73% of businesses have at least some of their technology in the cloud. A further 17% intended to move some of their business to the cloud within a year.
Assuming all these businesses follow through on their intentions, this leaves only 10% of businesses outside the cloud.
Does that include your organization?
If it does, here are a few reasons why it might be time for you to reconsider:
You can reduce your costs
Many businesses are afraid to move to the cloud because they’re wary of costs.
This is understandable. Change management costs money — and there will inevitably be some upfront costs to consider.
But the evidence suggests moving to the cloud will actually save you money in the long run.
Infrastructure is one of the largest overheads for businesses that depend on technology. When you move to the cloud, you cut the costs associated with hardware and its maintenance — as this is all managed by your cloud services provider (CSP).
Your expenses are also flexible. If you have a temporary need for increased capacity, you can negotiate a deal to only pay for it as long as you need it. If you’re operating in-house systems, your costs are always determined by your largest requirements.
You can improve your operational efficiency.
Cloud computing is also linked to increased productivity and collaboration. As the supplier maintains your systems, you can expect them to be fast and reliable.
Less downtime means more time working — and increased output improves your bottom line.
Not only that, but cloud computing enables you to manage all your data in one central location.
This ensures your employees can access accurate data easily — exactly when they need it.
It also promotes remote working, with your employees able to access emails, systems, and data from anywhere in the world.
It’s more secure than ever before
Data security is one of the key concerns when it comes to moving to the cloud.
Traditionally, on-premise solutions were more secure, as they enabled you to keep full control.
But that’s changing.
It’s important to remember, however, that CSPs are not responsible for everything. They only have control over the infrastructure — so that’s where their responsibilities lie.
You still need to manage access to your data and ensure it is appropriately encrypted as it enters and leaves the cloud.
You can go paperless
With all your data stored in one central location, it makes it easy for you to go paperless.
This is a huge trend at the moment — and it’s not hard to see why. With so much focus on the environment, businesses are looking for ways to reduce their impact.
This, coupled with cost-savings and increased productivity, gives you another reason to consider moving to the cloud.
You can scale your business quickly
Whatever your plans for your business, growth is likely to be an important factor.
And with business growth comes the need to scale your systems and infrastructure to meet your demands.
Once you’re set up in the cloud, you can increase your bandwidth as much as you need to. The systems and technology are already in place — it’s just a case of negotiating a new deal with your CSP.
There are no lengthy projects to procure and install new hardware. You don’t need to worry about running out of space. Even backups and disaster recovery can be taken care of for you.
All you need to do is focus on whatever it is you do best.
And, unless in-house infrastructure is a key part of that, moving to the cloud is likely to benefit your business for many years to come.
The cloud computing market is set to grow by almost 20% in 2019 — are you ready to be part of it?
Go to the cloud with Michell Consulting Group
Michell Consulting Group’s professional IT consultants can help you transition to the cloud seamlessly. We can provide you with a more detailed plan and IT guidance that will help you build a better business. Contact us or call us today at 305-592-5620.