A few years ago, it was easy to dismiss the cloud as nothing more than the latest hyped-up trend in the world of corporate IT. Nowadays, well over two-thirds of companies are planning to migrate to a fully software-defined, cloud-hosted data center within the next two years.
Business leaders don’t have to look far to learn about the many benefits that the cloud brings to organizations of all types and sizes. However, enjoying the benefits of a cloud migration is one thing – what a lot of people don’t realize is that failing to move to the cloud can leave your business open to serious financial and operational risk. Here’s why:
Ever since businesses started using IT for many of their day-to-day operations, they would rely on on-premises data centers. That meant infrastructure was limited by things like budgetary constraints, the presence of in-house expertise and even the amount of physical space available. As such, scaling back and forth with demand was costlier and more complicated.
Today, we live in a truly global marketplace where businesses can attract talent from all over the world and serve customers almost anywhere without being limited by geographical boundaries. At least, that’s the case if you have a fully cloud-enabled infrastructure that’s not constrained by in-house limitations. If you’re still reliant on in-house systems, your business will end up missing out on many new and highly lucrative opportunities.
Like it or not, the days of ubiquitous computing are upon us. Mobile devices play an increasingly essential role in the corporate technology environment to the extent that not being able to use them to their fullest potential will leave you lagging far behind the competition. Without a cloud-enabled infrastructure, your employees will not be able to access the apps and data they need to do their jobs outside the office. Now that workers are becoming more demanding when it comes to workplace flexibility, a lack of mobile functionality can stifle productivity and efficiency.
There’s also collaboration to think about. In fact, some 94% of millennials consider collaboration to be extremely important to their work. Without the cloud on your side, it’s practically impossible to foster a collaborative environment. For example, if you’re still copying over documents to USB drives to manually exchange them or sending them over email, you’re stuck with a woefully inefficient process. However, with the cloud, your employees will be able to access the same apps and data and work on the same documents simultaneously using nothing but a web browser.
Did you know that small businesses are a hacker's favorite target? Seeing them as easy pickings, hackers often go after small businesses with the expectation that they will be inexperienced when it comes to security. You also need to remember that cybersecurity is evolving just as quickly as technology itself to the extent that it has become essential to implement proactive measures to safeguard your business.
Some business leaders are still anxious about having their data stored outside their workplace and looked after by a third party. While these concerns aren’t unfounded, it is important to remember that there are many different cloud providers out there. There are also private hosted clouds and hybrid deployments to think about.
By choosing the right cloud vendor, you’ll be in a much better position to ensure compliance and security, since you’ll be working with experienced cybersecurity professionals. You’ll also have the latest and most secure technology on your side without having to worry about things like major software and hardware updates.
By partnering with White Owl, you’ll be able to take advantage of a secure and fully scalable hosted computing infrastructure that saves money and reduces downtime. Contact us today if you’re ready to make the transition to the cloud.