For many years, there was tremendous hype surrounding cloud technology and cloud computing. How it was going to change the way we do business.
All which have proven true.
A 2016 survey carried out by RightScale revealed out of 1060 IT professionals, 95% had adopted cloud technology; an increase from 93% in 2015.
The above stat lays credence to how the ‘’cloud has changed everything’’. And if you’ve not made the jump yet, the following signs should convince you that it’s time to move to the cloud.
5 signs you should move your business to the cloud are:
1: Greater workload
With greater responsibility comes a higher workload. This results in the need for more servers, storage facilities and greater output.
Moving all that extra workload to the care of a cloud service provider will offer you much-needed elasticity.
This will not only reduce your workload but cut costs spent on IT infrastructure.
In essence, you will spend less with a cloud service provider than you’d with your own in-house IT facility.
Alongside taking the lion’s share of the workload off your hands, the cloud offers the benefit of scaling services up and down as needed.
Further, offloading will reduce the time it takes your IT staff to perform routine troubleshooting and maintenance.
2: Increasing IT Staff Costs
Depending on your IT infrastructure and data management capacity, certain workloads are definitely more cost-effective to run in the cloud than on-premises.
Maybe you are a small business trying to establish a web presence, or you’d like to offload some commercialized business operations to a Software as a Service SaaS provider, the reduction in testing and deployment of new products could be drastic.
With the bulk of your IT operations in the cloud, the need for in-house technicians and cloud managers is reduced if not eliminated.
This will reduce your wage bill, IT expenditure as well as free ‘spare’ funds to divert to other areas.
With the cloud, your IT staff can shed one of its hats, focusing on more critical business development activities.
3: Rapid Growth in Business
Cost savings and agility tend to drive cloud deployments. However, with growth come responsibility and the need for more resources.
As the use of business applications increases, so will you consume valuable bandwidth. Migrating to a cloud service can offset a significant portion of your capital and operational expenses.
A future-proof side to it is costly network upgrades is reduced.
What’s more, adopting a cloud service offers you flexibility and scalability for growth. You can easily plug-in without inhibition as your business expands and evolves.
With the cloud, scalability is quantifiable as you can implement a pay-as-you-go plan depending on your computing needs without having to buy additional hardware.
4: Limited Access to Data and IT Resources (your employees are always on the move):
Staff overnighting status reports is a sign that your IT structure lacks the required enhancements for real-time reporting for seamless project management.
Since your data is fully managed in-house, collaboration between employees in branch offices will prove arduous as they have to handle things manually, and outside your system.
If you’ve adopted enterprise software or an ERP system, integrating these applications with a cloud service could exponentially increase the value of your investment.
Thus, a unified communications platform is formed. This will enhance collaboration and increase productivity.
With today’s workforce constantly on the move, immediate and seamless access to customer data will enhance your client experience.
5: Lack of a Disaster and Recovery Plan
Not a lot of companies can survive a significant data loss, especially if their data is exclusively stored on premises.
In other words: once you are hit, you’re toast!
In fact, according to disaster mitigation agency FEMA, almost 40 percent of small businesses close up following a disaster.
The first step to mitigating a disaster is crafting a recovery plan that’s based on your organization’s needs and IT budget.
Disaster recovery (DR) planning is complex and time-consuming when done properly.
However, depending on how critical your sets of data maybe, not every data and app may require instant availability.
Sort your needs so your critical data and apps are back online first.
These disaster and recovery features are included in a cloud solution, freeing you of the hassle so your business can run smoothly.
With these telltale signs, could your business benefit from a thorough IT infrastructure and data management reevaluation?
Seeing the workload advantages the cloud offers, you bet!