Cloud Computing – To adopt or not
The times are changing and faster than you think, this blog examines the key drawbacks businesses face when failing to harness the power of Cloud Computing.
The 5 biggest Costs of Failing to Move your Business over to the Cloud…
1. Increasing and ongoing cost of hardware
Managing and maintaining your own network or data centre can be very costly on an annual basis especially for support and maintenance contracts, hardware and software upgrades, admin, people costs, plus much more. These all add to the ongoing annual cost of managing your in house system, by removing these costs and replacing them with a cloud system, savings can be diverted to other areas of the business and can be used more productively.
2. Lack of competitiveness
In today’s 24/7 world where we live in an “everything on” environment, the need to respond quickly to any situation is essential. New competitors can appear virtually overnight, changing the way you have to do business and taking market share very quickly. Many of these businesses now use cloud platforms for their business in order to rapidly build IT, expand and add scale to gain market share or even new markets before slower competitors can react. The cloud’s ability to support these businesses growth plans is something that is becoming harder to ignore.
3. Preventing business growth
Businesses today are fast moving and acquisitive i.e. eager to buy up other companies, so the ability to manage mergers and acquisitions effectively is a challenge. Hardware, software and infrastructure can hinder this drive whereas the cloud offers a far superior, efficient and economical solution to smooth the transition.
4. Lack of disaster recovery planning
Its not a nice area to think about for a business but an on-premise system is potentially one fire or flood away from a disastrous position. Of course backups do help but they are only one part of the equation and a hosted cloud solution offers more business continuity. They offer recovery and fail-over capabilities that most companies cannot match independently and normally have restore services at another location to ensure that continuity. There are not many businesses that can afford to manage and maintain an IT system with that level of redundancy.
5. Mobile workforce
By moving to the cloud you are removing any barriers that the workforce may have gaining access to the system. Any employee with an Internet connection can access applications anytime, anywhere using mobile devices like tablets as well as conventional laptops. This adds to a company’s productivity and competitiveness by delivering a higher level of customer satisfaction than traditional on premise systems.
Replacing an on-premise solution with the cloud removes a host of associated direct and indirect costs with a simple, single monthly subscription fee. When comparing ongoing on-premise against cloud, they can look comparable at first but the real savings are from looking at your indirect costs as well which include:
- IT Maintenance
- IT staff
- Maintenance of existing infrastructure
- Ongoing hardware costs
- Initial up front license fee
- Support fees
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