The cloud is much more than a web-delivery system for software applications. It’s part of a larger IT transformation to “pay-as-you-go services,” which shifts large capital costs to smaller, recurring operational expenses. It simplifies and speeds up the new employee onboarding process, often allowing them to access essential business systems in a matter of hours (if not minutes)—instead of the days or weeks required for the delivery and installation of traditional software applications.
Cloud computing also turns IT software into an internet-accessible service, delivered whenever and wherever needed from a central, secure data center. The advantages cross virtually every industry and size of business, helping organizations reduce their operational costs, improve productivity and efficiency, and create greater mobility options for their workforce. While companies have to be careful not to consider it as the cure all for all their problems, cloud services (when properly implemented) typically boost long-term revenue potential and help create greater competitive differentiation.
What business benefits does cloud offer?
1. Incremental payments: makes budgeting for applications and support a lot more palatable.
2. Pay only for what they need: many cloud providers allow customers to add or subtract seats to meet their employee needs (typically on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis).
3. Continual and seamless upgrades: improvements are pushed out automatically on a regular basis, without disrupting workplace routines or diminishing employee productivity.
4. Increases PC storage capabilities and performance: by taking applications offsite, it reduces the local storage needs, freeing up computing space to improve machine speed and longevity.
5. Mobile flexibility: the cloud allows users to access vital information and work from virtually anywhere, as long as they have access to the internet.
6. Increased access to market specific solutions: lowers the cost of entry for business- and industry-specific solutions.
7. Device flexibility: costly high-performance (and large memory) PCs can be replaced with less expensive laptops, tablets, notebooks or other mobile devices.
The business case for cloud computing is solid, substantiated by a few years of real world cost savings and numerous other benefits for businesses of every shape and size. Of course, these rewards may never materialize without the help of a trusted provider who can guide the organization through the acquisition and implementation processes.
A well-prepared solution provider can customize cloud applications to address the specific issues and nuances of each business, and develop the right support plan to ensure these systems remain online. They understand the specific compliance issues each of their business clients’ face and recognize the steps required to properly protect their confidential data and networks so the organization can meet all local, state and federal regulations.
Trusted cloud professionals ensure that secure and reliable high-speed bandwidth is available before evaluating their clients’ current and future business needs, including remote workforce access and collaboration platforms.