Migrating business functionality and workflows to the cloud is a strategy that’s been examined and reexamined for some time now. Whether it’s the right move for your company depends on critical factors that should be discussed with an IT Managed Services Provider (IT MSP) (hint: cloud adoption may not be the slam-dunk other eager tech-types breathlessly say it is). Still, it can be beneficial, and data about how and why companies leverage cloud technologies (or don’t)–has been fairly well documented.
Research by Sysgroup, for example, shows that providing users with anytime, anywhere access to tools and data is the main driver of cloud adoption for 42% of businesses, followed by disaster recovery (37%), operational flexibility (37%), and relieving internal IT teams (36%). Security solutions provider, Webroot, lists cost savings from scalability, energy savings and lower capital expenditures among the economic benefits attracting companies to the cloud. To their credit, though, as studies from the International Data Corporation (IDC) and others reveal, organizations seem to be thinking things through and not automatically jumping on cloud’s (fast-moving) bandwagon. Researchers discovered that nearly two-thirds of those polled view security as their biggest cloud-adoption challenge, while for 60%, privacy and regulatory issues–along with cloud-service governance and compliance–are a major concern. For half of the organizations, the lack of in-house cloud experience poses still another barrier. Cloud migration is a vital decision, which, as with all technology solutions, should be carefully assessed to weigh the pros and cons against your business goals and requirements. Give us a call if you need some help.