If you rewind few years ago, when server virtualization was the revolutionary technology and there was lots of resistance from IT Engineers, Managers and CIO’s but then eventually when they all started realizing the fact that it’s the right way to manage Server Infrastructure and its Utilization efficiently then everyone accepted it. Today no one can imagine a server without a virtualization layer like Microsoft Hyper V or VMware or Zen Server, it has become the obvious.
The Cloud Computing Services revolution is also going through the exact same phase now, and in 2 – 3 years it would actually become the obvious way of doing everything. Its already considered the only way, however the vast majority of organizations are still not aware of the options available. The key points from a business perspective of Cloud Computing is the topic we are going to talk about today. After reading through this you can further take it up with your boss and request him to consider moving to the Cloud.
Today, the industry is at a point where the only question a business needs to consider is; when to go to Cloud? And the answer is simple, the faster you move to the Cloud the faster the benefits are going to come.
The 5 key points about Cloud which you should take to your boss are:
It’s a no brainier that Cloud is cost effective, everything on the Cloud is in a subscription based, which means you only pay for what you use, it’s like your electricity and water bill, you only pay for what you use. It does not matter whether you choose a SaaS application (Generally it will cost you by User / Month or Year), a PaaS platform (Generally it depends on resource utilization of the application) or an IaaS solution (Generally it is measured per hour of infrastructure utilization). This is better than buying a physical server and deploying a virtualization layer and then maintaining it. The general rule is the TCO of On-Prem Infrastructure is 1.5 times more than TCO of Cloud Infrastructure over 3 years.
It’s a simple statement which can be proved very easily. The ultimate output of Cloud (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) is an application which is accessible from browser or a mobile app from any location on any device and all you need an internet connection and a browser. Which intern means, the employees can now work from any location or multiple locations in real time on the application and from any device. This by itself is enough to prove the point that it will improve the productivity of employees in or out of the office. I can’t imagine having to go into the office to be able to access my application, documents or emails. With the Cloud, I can simply access all of it from home or on the go with no problems at all!
Believe it or not, everyone has to understand the word “Collaboration” ; something created by working jointly with another or others- Dictionary.com. With using the Cloud, it is possible, and you will be amazed by just how much businesses can collaborate efficiently and boost productivity by using the apps available after switching to the Cloud. It can start with very simple tasks like sharing files and folders with your colleagues using Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive (these are like Dropbox for business). Google Hangout or Microsoft Lync for voice & video conference over any device (this is similar to Skype but for business). Google Keep or Trello for notes & task management and Google Docs or Office 365 Web Apps for working simultaneously on the same documents. But the biggest biggest secret to business productivity is that all these apps are available on any mobile device.
A lot of people I have met who are not from IT or technical background automatically feel hesitant that Cloud is not reliable and that the local server is much safer. The truth is that the local server is highly vulnerable to data loss or data leakage considering many factors like security, backup, disaster, high availability etc. Many times when asked, people say that they keep their important files in Dropbox or store it in their Gmail or a Yahoo email account, this is actually the unconscious mind believing in the Cloud! However, when it comes to real business data people get worried. The fact is, that leading Cloud players like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, Zoho, Freshdesk etc are much more reliable than your server infrastructure, as they run on multiple datacenters and are managed by a huge team of experts. So you can peacefully focus on business and not IT.
Another common concern I hear is, is the Cloud secure? Of course it is, but my answer to such question is that you have to declare what type of data and workload should be going to the Cloud and what you want to keep on premise. As of today, Emails, Portals, CRM, Helpdesk, Communication, Project Management, File sharing, Document Collaboration are all very much proven on the Cloud. Millions of customers are already using it on a daily basis. Many customers have even moved their ERP on the Cloud, but there are a vast majority of organizations who still want to delay the decision. That is their own preference, however over a period of time the industry will set its own standards and assurance that ERP and all core applications are much safer and secure on the Cloud than On Premise.
The 5 points mentioned earlier are the reason why business owners, CEO’s, CXO’s and other key business stakeholders have high respect for the Cloud. We at Gulf Infotech have been embracing Cloud since 2009 and have helped over 270+ customers to start their journey to the Cloud. We would be happy to understand and address any of your concerns which may be holding you back from making the decision to get started on Cloud! Increase your businesses productivity today!
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