Cloud technology offers speed, efficiency, and innovation for companies that make the leap.
Recent articles have discussed the important reasons for companies to carefully consider adopting cloud technologies. The benefits are considerable. Embracing the cloud allows companies to leverage new technologies that boost analytical capabilities and capture massive amounts of data.
Cloud computing also brings benefits to business expansion, efficiency, output, and profitability. The series conclusion, Embracing the Cloud – Sustainability, takes another look at the key advantages and why having a trusted partner to guide adoption is essential.
Why the Cloud
Not being in the cloud puts many companies at a competitive disadvantage. With the rapid expansion of the digital world, staying in line with the technological advances and the user’s interaction with technology is a must. Leveraging cloud infrastructure allows you to scale and move as your industry does. However, getting there can be a challenge internally. Companies need to address any internal concerns that relate to:
- Regulatory compliance that may hinder placing some applications in the cloud but should not deter consideration for most companies.
- Network integration with legacy systems that may need to remain in operation in parallel with new cloud-based tools but, whenever possible, should be converted.
- Price factors that can dissuade CFOs from getting fully on board.
Incremental adoption, developing and supporting the right cloud implementation team, and using the right type of cloud platform are other key decisions to consider before migrating to the cloud.
Cloud technologies can be disruptive, either positively or negatively. With the cloud, companies can take a close look at business processes or even business models and explore new ways of doing business. This means making sure that there is key buy-in throughout the organization and that employees are given the time, training, and support to be successful and become advocates.
Cloud computing can disrupt how you interact with customers and suppliers in a positive way. Cloud tools allow for integration and collaboration among business units and employees, which may otherwise be difficult if not impossible to accomplish.
Considering the Possible
Companies that are not embracing cloud opportunities are at risk of losing out on future opportunities. New technologies will likely use cloud tools in order to maximize functionality and impact.
Machine learning is one major aspect of innovative technology that is a horizon opportunity for companies that have a cloud-based infrastructure. Machine learning allows companies to make faster decisions on the terabytes of data collected by the Internet of Things network of connected devices. This learning can improve customer relations, operational scheduling and efficiency, manufacturing scheduling, inventory management, and tracking and tracing products.
Predictive analytics will open new market and product or service opportunities that need to be seized quickly to differentiate. Cloud platforms allow companies to develop new applications that respond to what customers expect and need. Decision-making will accelerate when employees have real-time access to data, reporting, and insights. This is imperative as users are wanting less interaction overall with a more personalized service.
Denovo understands the cloud. We provide comprehensive services to help your business accelerate growth. We also partner with companies to scale the capabilities of the cloud as your business expands.
Our Safe Passage methodology helps companies to smoothly migrate to the cloud. This four-phase program takes a deliberate approach to data migration, data security, disaster recovery, and 24x7x365 production environments. To learn more about how Denovo can supply your cloud needs, schedule a free consultation.