Current statistics show 91% of businesses used a public cloud platform and 72% used a private one. Most enterprises actually use both options – with 69% of them opting for a hybrid cloud solution.1
Where does your company fall? Are you working on the cloud?
Like it or not, cloud computing is here to stay. The ability to store and access vast amounts of data without bearing the cost or responsibility for server maintenance is no longer revolutionary; it’s a no-brainer. And with continually improving security measures, the cloud has become a core solution for any organization intent on leveraging its data – critical or non-critical – to the fullest.
And yet, in many businesses, cloud adoption is often limited to non-critical applications. The desire to avoid disruption and concerns about data safety compel many businesses to cling to on-site systems.
This delay is a huge misstep. One that severely hampers progress and growth. It’s true that migrating your data to the cloud can be a major decision and, in some cases, a leap of faith. However, making the move has hugely positive repercussions to your company’s wellbeing and viability.
Here’s a quick primer on why migrating to the cloud should be on your company’s to-do list this year and what you can do to make it a smooth and successful transition.
How cloud computing impacts your business’ viability
The long and short of it is if you want your business to stay competitive in today’s marketplace, you’re going to need to leverage cloud computing. It allows your business to be flexible and responsive in ways that on-site systems can’t support.
Consider these three cascading examples of how incorporating cloud computing into your company’s environment boosts its viability:
- The cloud facilitates remote work. This capability was key for businesses as they weathered 2020’s COVID lockdowns. Those with a cloud or hybrid system already in place were able to pivot to remote work within 24 hours, limiting loss of productivity. Those without it lost precious time and compounded their crisis.
- Remote work infrastructure supports workforce mobility. Today’s workforce is mobile. In fact, studies show 57% of people prefer working from home full-time rather than going into the physical workplace even after the pandemic is over.2 The traditional work-in-the-office structure is falling by the wayside. Organizations that support the new work-from-anywhere trend experience an impressive increase in work productivity. Cloud-based computing is at the heart of this new work model.
- Greater worker mobility leads to better talent retention. The upcoming generation of workers are device-dependent. To attract and keep quality talent, your company needs to support their technology habits, e.g., remote work capabilities, device-friendly applications, and so on. Again, cloud-based applications and networks accommodate this.
Putting your business management applications on the cloud may seem daunting and risky, but the repercussions for not doing so can create major drag on your business’ forward momentum.
77% of people agree that after COVID-19, being able to WFH would make them happier. OWL Labs
Migrating to the cloud: Why it’s a critical 2022 to-do
As previously stated, many companies host their non-critical applications, like Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Reader, on the cloud. Now, more and more business executives are making the choice to migrate their customer data and finance/business management applications to the cloud.
Here’s why it pays to make this move:
- Accessibility. Employees are doing more work away from the office. With a cloud-based system, they can access relevant company data any place, any time, from any device. This on-demand access facilitates better decision-making, improved communication, increased productivity, and, ultimately, stronger customer relationships.
- Reliability. Cloud-based platforms often accommodate more data and traffic than on-site servers. With the right hosting provider, you’ll experience fewer glitches and latency issues with applications living on servers miles away than you would if they were on servers down the hall.
- Scalability. For many of today’s business applications, cloud hosting makes it easier and more cost-effective to adjust user numbers; the service grows (or shrinks) with you.
- Security. Cloud technology has made significant advancements in recent years, much of it around security. Amazon and Microsoft spend billions of dollars annually to continually improve their cloud security measures making their cloud platforms a haven for your data.
Converting to a cloud-based system also facilitates better business intelligence by making your data easier for the right people to access and use. It allows for better and more accurate decision-making, which in turn leads to greater overall success.
The critical first step: Choosing a cloud hosting provider
Of course, you can’t take advantage of cloud computing without a cloud hosting provider. These companies are filled with tech professionals who can help you design and create your company’s new cloud-based “home.” Lots of them are out there, so how do you find one that’s right for your business’ needs?
Here are five key areas to consider when selecting a cloud hosting provider:
- Security. Safeguarding your data is the highest priority. Make sure you understand what processes and protocols your provider uses to keep your information secure. For instance, our Managed Cloud Hosting Services employs Microsoft Azure and its two-step validation process for maximum protection.
- Storage and servers. It’s important to know what your storage and server space looks like and where it’s physically located. Are you sharing it? Is it nearby or in another country? Both of these factors impact response times and latency (closer proximity equals faster service), which are key to daily productivity.
- Expertise. Capable cloud hosting providers are everywhere. However, how many of them have deep knowledge of your industry? Are they familiar with your best-of-breed applications? Choosing a provider who understands your world is important! As technology experts with experience in a wide variety of industries, we’re frequently called in to repair mistakes made by providers unfamiliar with a specific ecosystem.
- Customer support. It’s always good to be clear about what your ongoing support package will look like. Is it Monday through Friday only, or 24/7? Remember to consider that more and more employees are working remotely and during non-traditional business hours when deciding which type of support is best for you.
- Migration services. As crazy as it sounds, not all cloud hosting providers know how to properly migrate data to the cloud platform. This is another area to investigate when shopping for providers.
If you expect your employees to work efficiently and effectively going forward, your company needs to fully embrace cloud computing. Remaining tethered to on-premise systems simply isn’t a smart business decision anymore; technology advances too quickly to make relying on these restrictive constructs a sensible choice.
Set your firm on the path for growth, success, and limitless possibilities. Step into the cloud.
Need more information about migrating your firm’s systems or applications to the cloud? Want to know more about CCS Global Tech’s cloud hosting capabilities? Contact us! We’re happy to help you get your business moving in the right direction.