The cloud has been here for well over a few decades so why is it still relevant you may ask? Technology is constantly evolving and granting unlimited information at the tips of our fingers. The cloud is seen as a big part of this evolution and companies have rapidly adopted it over traditional hardware. Cloud migration simplifies process to setting up applications that users can open on browsers without having to download it fully on their devices and in the long term helps you save money! Cloud continues to create huge potential and opportunities for growth and cost savings. All walks of in all industries are switching to cloud services for optimized reach and performance. Cloud provides a lot of different options to suit your needs such as scalability and pay as you go pricing models to accommodate your personal budget. As more businesses adapt to it and reap the benefits it is becoming a norm for most businesses and we understand why!
From security advantages and organizational control of data to ease of use and increased agility, cloud-based tools can help your mission.
In fact, by transitioning to a cloud environment, you can take advantage of:
As cloud technology improves, security fears lessen. In a survey of enterprise IT managers, security is no longer ranked as the #1 concern when it comes to cloud computing.
Enterprise IT managers who have rated cloud security as a significant challenge:
One of the biggest advantages of moving to the public cloud is the security team that comes with it. By moving to an enterprise-level public cloud, you'll experience:
"We're saving time and money. And every dollar we save is making it to the field to help those that need it."
Chief Nursing Officer, Partners in Health.
Cloud migration does not need to happen all at once, and it's recommended to migrate to the cloud over time with a hybrid approach - the combination of an on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services.
On average in 2015, business were simultaneously experimenting with and running data on 3 public clouds and 3 private clouds.
Moving to a cloud-based solution doesn't have to mean retraining employees. Many solutions allow you to use the same applications your employees are use to, with access to files anywhere online.
"The switch to Microsoft cloud services makes us significantly more efficient in normal times but will make us far more effective when we respond to a disaster moving forward"
President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
Cloud adopters see various benefits from their technology although businesses' top-cited benefits in 2016 include:
Even though cloud migration is all around us and the term is widely used sometimes it is misunderstood or the benefits aren’t clear. It may seem like a big investment and that can be frightening, but the long term benefits include saving money and resources to spend on projects that matter to your mission. Like we mentioned the sky is the limit with cloud so use it to your advantage!
1 Report: Cloud Market Cap to Pass $500 Billion by 2020, Forbes, Alex Konrad
2 Cloud: The Technology Powerhouse, IDG Enterprise, 2015
3 State of the Cloud Report, RightScale, 2016
4 2016 Global Encryption Trends Study, The Ponemon Institute and Thales e-Security, February 20165 Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Office 365, Forrester, August 2015
Courtesy of: Microsoft