Cloud computing is not just about a different way to consume technology. It’s about how businesses can optimise ICT to deliver clearly defined services with clearly defined costs and enable greater business agility.
Cloud is now mainstream, with Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies (2013) positioning it as emerging from the ‘Trough of Disillusionment’ and heading towards the ‘Plateau of Productivity’ – meaning if you’re not already on board, you’re missing out on the benefits.
Depending on your starting point and your business imperatives, these benefits may include:
Top Tip #1: Cloud solutions make disaster recovery much faster!
2011 Aberdeen Group research (http://www.aberdeen.com/aberdeen-library/6846/RA-security-cloud-computing.aspx) found that businesses which used the cloud were able to resolve issues in an average of 2.1 hours, nearly four times faster than businesses that didn’t use the cloud (8 hours).
Top Tip #2: Maintain productivity – even if devices are damaged or lost
When users are accessing systems and data in the cloud, you can rapidly provide them with a new device in the event of a failure or loss. They can continue working productively while you resolve the issue of loss or damage.
Like any business transformation project, your move to cloud computing – whether public, private or hybrid cloud – must be considered in the context of what you are trying to achieve for business. First define your objectives, then work with experienced personnel or advisors to architect a cloud solution to meet your requirements, then implement it to reap the business benefits you’ve planned for.
If you need help to determine how ‘cloud ready’ you are, a Data#3 cloud readiness assessment can help. Learn more about the Data#3 cloud readiness assessment.