The Cloud – How it can benefit your Business
Head in the Cloud
Today sadly brings us to the close of our mini-series of posts on digitising your business activities. We hope this series has been of benefit to you and we hope to be able to bring you more of these small segments in the future. This week our heads are well and truly still in the clouds… or THE CLOUD to be more specific, sure isn’t that where we are all looking to store our data at this point?
We have spoken recently about how a move to Cloud Computing and how this can be of benefit to your business. From ensuring higher security measures than storing files on your computer hard drive or in hard copy, to the general ease of access, there can be no doubting that Cloud Computing appears to be the way forward. Many people do pose the financial question however, will moving to The Cloud save money? The truth is that while it often does, this is not a guarantee but this should not dissuade you as the increased usability of your files will undoubtedly save you time, the second thing we often find ourselves short of.
To assist you with an easy transition to this new way of life, we have gathered the below list of considerations to take into account when creating your new Cloud Strategy:
- Hardware investment decisions– when hardware is up for refresh it is an ideal time to look at whether you can save money/increase flexibility by moving to the cloud.
- Connectivity – is there available bandwidth that is reliable and secure to facilitate access to cloud technologies?
- Application suitability – are your core applications ready for a move to the cloud? Are some more suitable than others? What would your migration roadmap look like if you phase your move?
- Public versus private cloud – the pace of technology change means that private clouds can easily become defunct or run into performance issues, it can often be as limiting as servers onsite as, you are tied to the decisions made at a moment in time. Public cloud investment from companies like Microsoft means not only migrating to the cloud, but an ongoing cycle of optimisation through advancements in the platform.
- Core versus context – choosing to migrate to the cloud with a trusted partner means that you can have your internal staff focus on what is core to your business, rather than managing infrastructure, back-ups etc.
- Risk management – a move to the cloud is an ideal time to review your business continuity arrangements, cloud can open up a degree of redundancy that would be impossible to achieve as a single small/medium organisation.
- Staff productivity – desktop cloud tools afford staff a greater opportunity to collaborate, offer larger storage capacity and remove the need for inhouse management of servers.
We hope this has been of use to you and will assist you in creating the best digital strategy for your business. Thank you to our friends at INNOVATE for being a fountain of knowledge on this topic and for sharing this with us. Should you wish to engage their services for your own Cloud Strategy don’t hesitate to get in touch with them and as always for all other business and financial queries, our door is always open here at Ecovis DCA.