Most C-level Executives these days have come to the realization that innovation is what’s driving their businesses. Leading the way, quite often, is the IT department – finding new and faster ways to do business.
Faster access to data, faster access to services, and faster access to each other are creating huge opportunities for businesses of all sizes and in almost every sector.
Regardless of size, many businesses are making the shift of at least some of their data and application functions to cloud environments as cloud technologies continue to rapidly evolve and business benefits are clearly and directly based this newly emerged technology.
There are very real benefits and advantages for businesses when it comes to cloud computing, including:
Increased Business Agility
Some of the most successful businesses are agile – even the large ones that we often see as “too big to be nimble.” This agility is often gained through high levels of precise automation.
When a business makes the move into the cloud, they’re usually thrilled at the level of self-automation and self-provisioning that allows them to respond to customer demands, improving response time and increasing service levels.
Often, larger companies will select the most important areas to automate first and roll-out automations in order of business importance, leading to a faster return on investment (ROI).
Greater Focus on Core IT Operations
Businesses who shift into the cloud are typically putting less strain on their internal IT staff. This shift and means IT budgets and resources can be dedicated to the things that make businesses grow – innovation and other core competencies.
This innovation leads to a more robust business that can thrive; thanks to more-adequate IT resources.
Reduction of Operating Costs
Moving into cloud computing environments offers businesses an unmatched level of scalability when it comes to computing (incl. storage).
Only paying for the services (and storage) you need, when you need them, makes sense and keeps operating costs low.
And, because costs are typically dictated by overall usage, operating costs become predictable – which is essential for any C-level executives for the growth-oriented strategic goals and its planning.
Maintaining Current Infrastructure
Making the move into the cloud doesn’t require huge investments to replace existing hardware and other infrastructures – if can be done with proper ‘staged road map’ and planning!
Costly upgrades are typically minimized or avoided altogether when making the move into the cloud with adequate planning.
In short, businesses can keep their existing hardware, migrate to the cloud and start saving money almost immediately.
Cloud computing means computing from anywhere. When a business shifts into the cloud, employees/resource on the go or located remotely are more productive, since they have access to the data, applications and services they need – no matter where work takes them or they are located.
This kind of mobility allows companies greater access to global competition which can mean more customers and more sales.
Conclusion: There’s Power in the Cloud for Businesses
What we have here, as stated above in, is just a handful of benefits businesses can expect upon making the move to the cloud.
Making the move to a cloud-based environment is important for your business because it simplifies the management of IT resources, increases a business’ ability to adapt to change and offers unmatched mobility for stakeholders who work/located on a global scale.