Cloud is the new normal. In 2016, everyone was talking about the cloud, and early adopters were making their move to the cloud and realising the benefits that it can bring to a business, and now everyone else is beginning to grab hold of what was once a ‘trend’.
There has been a lot of churn within the hardware space due to virtualization and companies are starting to grow tired of having to refresh their IT systems with new hardware systems every few years. Businesses have the desire to be more mobile, and the cloud is a way to get there. Plus, rapid technology innovation has driven increased competition (artificial intelligence, for example).
For these reasons, more and more businesses are opting for a model that allows them to harness immediate time-to-value and consistently have the latest technology. With the cloud, now even the smallest companies can compete on the technology front.
2017 is the year of the cloud
Cloud computing has helped many business enterprises transform themselves over the last few years, but the market has said to be entering into a second wave, both for public and private cloud services. According to a new research report by Forrester Research the cloud market will continue to accelerate in 2017 as enterprise businesses seek to gain efficiencies as they scale their resources in order to better serve customers.
The report states that “enterprises with big budgets, data centers and complex applications are now looking at cloud as a viable place to run core business applications.” The global public cloud is set to top £146 billion in 2017, up from £86 billion back in 2015!
Dave Bartoletti, primary author of the Forrester Research report into the cloud also said that ‘enterprise businesses are turning great ideas into software and insights faster and the cloud is the best place to get quick insights out of enterprise data’.
It’s the future
Cloud is the future. Truth be told, whether businesses like it or not, whether you want to or not, your business will end up moving to the cloud. As your products and services develop, there’s no doubt that your business operations will become more complex, and the cloud can help you.
Migrating to the cloud can reduce the complexity of managing your IT infrastructure, and reduce your operating costs. Systems management and application maintenance are also made easier, and updates are simpler! From social media and analytics to business process management, the cloud gives you agility.
The cloud is more secure
One of the most common misconceptions about the cloud is that it isn’t secure, this is completely wrong. The public cloud excels in two critical in two critical security areas, information resiliency and privacy! Resiliency is the idea of not losing data, or letting it be susceptible to corruption, and most cloud systems that you will come across are designed for 99.999% durability.
With regards to privacy, organisations are able to impose fine-grained controls on what individual users can do, ensuring that only the most trusted people in your organisation can alter data. The cloud also reduces the surface area of penetration attacks as the entry points to the cloud are very well defined and can be locked down with multi-factor authentication, web based tokens, limited-time restricted access and further security tools.
Your business will be more agile
An agile business is one that’s able to adapt to both internal and external factors in a timely and streamlined fashion. An agile company meets the problems of today with forward-focused solutions and continues to meet their clients needs, strengthening customer relationships and loyalty. Organisations that lack agility find it difficult to remain competitive, and thus they run into problems, that isn’t what you want for your business.
Part of what makes a business agile is always evolving, and that means moving to the cloud. Cloud technology offers businesses a key means of promoting agility, and is therefore a great tool for businesses looking to be more adaptable. While cloud makes the IT infrastructure streamlined and more efficient, cloud really impacts the bigger picture. It isn’t just about optimising the IT department, but the business as a whole.
The transition is a lot easier than you think
One of the reasons that you’re probably apprehensive of moving to the cloud is that you think it will be a costly and time consuming process, but it’s a lot easier than you’d think. By partnering with the right cloud provider, they will make your transition as simple as possible, and offer you support through and after the process.
In the end, what you’ll find is that your business can always be on. Your files and systems will be accessible anywhere, on any device by you and your employees which can enhance the productivity of your business. In the long term this process will save you time, and indeed money.
Interested in learning more about the cloud? Why not download our guide, A guide to transformation in the cloud and discover further benefits the cloud can bring to your business, and how you can kick start your transition today.