Organisations are increasing their reliance on cloud technologies and in turn, IT teams are embracing cloud-built applications and relocating existing digital assets. Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner, forecasts that by 2022, the majority of organisations will be using a cloud-managed service offering, supplied by an external service provider.
“The cloud-managed service landscape is becoming increasingly sophisticated and competitive. In fact, by 2022, up to 60% of organizations will use an external service provider’s cloud-managed service offering, which is double the percentage of organizations from 2018.”
Sid Nag, research vice president, Gartner
Usage may be expanding, but should your business adopt cloud-based IT services? Here are just five of the reasons why your businesses should consider the switch to cloud computing.
Scalability & Flexibility
Whether your business is experiencing growth or experiencing seasonal peaks and troughs, the cloud is an ideal solution for organisations in need of flexible and scalable data storage applications, Business Analytics, and security, allowing organisations to increase or decrease capacity to meet business demand.
Increased Efficiencies & Productivity
Collaboration can be the key to business success. With data stored on the cloud, teams can access their work anywhere, anytime, as well as having the ability to collaborate on documents. Cloud-based working is quickly revolutionising the way organisations operate, allowing employees the elasticity to work when they are most dynamic, or from remote locations if they are unable to come to the office.
By not having to purchase and maintain hardware, organisations can lower IT expenditure. Additionally, cloud computing unlocks the potential of reducing headcounts in areas of application and server management and also allows the possibility of reallocating staff to more strategic technology roles.
Data Security & Compliance
With cyber threats on the increase, migrating to the cloud can help to mitigate risk. Often rolled out automatically and by the vendor, time-consuming software updates and security patches no longer have to be updated manually by your IT team.
Protected From Downtime
Designed to ensure your data is automatically backed-up at regular intervals, cloud-based back-up plans reduce your risk of data loss, saving you time and money. And, if you do suffer downtime, data can quickly be retrieved from the cloud to get you back up and running.
When it comes to migrating your business to the cloud, the question is no longer “if” but “when”. Would you like to know more about cloud migration and how we can help? Contact us today to speak to a specialist.