How Cloud Computing can help organisations to succeed?
With the widespread adoption of cloud services such as Office 365 and Salesforce.com, many businesses have already made the first step towards moving to the cloud. But the truth is, transitioning from an established IT infrastructure to a cloud-first business model was not top of the agenda for many businesses. That was, before COVID-19.
With the advent of the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been an understandable shift in thinking placing cloud computing firmly at the centre of the conversation – both from a technology perspective, but more importantly from a business point of view.
So here we’re going to run through the main cloud computing advantages driving business success, particularly from the viewpoint of a post-COVID-19 world.
In order for a business to gain the maximum advantage from cloud computing, it is firstly essential to have a roadmap to the identified “business destination”.
By having a clear view of the longer-term business strategy, you can identify the best cloud approach – and from this, more accurately determine the required services, outline plan of action and associated costs.
In other words, it is important to tie your cloud strategy to your business plan, so it is easier to “sell” the benefits (and justify costs) across the wider business.
The business world is ever-changing, challenging and competitive. Improving efficiency, reducing overheads and utilising new technology has been key for many large Enterprises, from banks to retailers. And those who have failed to keep pace have often been the first to fall. Why? For one, several, or all of the following reasons.
While cost is always a key business driver, especially in challenging times, it should not necessarily be the primary focus.
As part of a longer-term strategy, increased utilisation of cloud services will not only reduce capital and operational costs, but improve business resilience and competitiveness through enhanced flexibility, scalability and security.
Primarily, cloud computing moves businesses away from a capital-intensive hardware re-fresh cycle to a ‘Pay as you Go’ cloud consumption model. While there are a number of considerations to ensure a cost-efficient cloud strategy – optimising cloud workloads to avoid excess charges or paying for underutilised capacity – the core of the cost evaluation is a comparison of existing infrastructure costs versus anticipated cloud services.
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Flexibility & Scalability
Central to the whole core benefits of cloud computing is a greatly increased capacity to flex and scale as your business changes. Without fixed hardware assets, the size, scale and capacity of your cloud infrastructure provides a freedom and agility to quickly adapt to meet changing business demand.
And with the advent of COVID-19, many businesses grappled with the requirement for ‘Work From Home’ solutions for their staff. Adding extra capacity or services would be impossible with a complex/expensive infrastructure upgrade. While it is easy to be retrospective, building in a capacity to adapt to change is a wise move for any organisation.
‘Work From Home’
Indeed, the Coronavirus pandemic provided the push for many businesses to rapidly implement cloud-based ‘Work From Home’ solutions. With employees using a multitude of personal devices, solutions such as Cloud Virtual Desktop provided an immediate, scalable and secure solution to provide corporate access to business applications – and ensure business continuity through the challenging times.
Accessing cloud services via tablets and smartphone is an everyday occurrence for everyone. Yet many business applications are tied to the office. With the continued growth in smart devices, the delineation between ‘work’ and ‘home’, the cloud provides convenience and accessibility for your workforce.
IT Resource Focus
Aside from the added ability to adapt, scale and pivot with a changing business environment, there is also the subject of priorities for internal IT teams. If resources and capacity is split to deal with hardware and network issues, the ability to implement change can be significantly reduced.
Think moving to the cloud is just for big business?
The cloud enables small businesses to compete on a global scale, minimising operational costs and IT expenses, yet providing access to some of the most powerful software and infrastructure platforms in the world – regardless of your business size.
Just like big business, cloud services also help small business manage fluctuating demand, ensuring you always have the resources needed to support growth. And when business periods of demand subside, you can just scale back your services to save unnecessary expense. The agility of the cloud is a real business advantage, untied from the complexities of an existing business model (with associated infrastructure).
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