The IT landscape is continually evolving with the development of new software and hardware technologies. These are usually driven by business need but can often be as a result of business changes driven by technological advances. To remain competitive, a business will need at some point to embrace these advances and renew and revise their computing infrastructure.
Some businesses will benefit from using the Internet as their prime sales platform and communications medium with their customers but are reluctant to move to a fully online presence. Others see the benefits of outsourcing non-core ICT operations to a third party.
That they haven’t yet could be because of capital and operational cost constraints and the effect on legacy systems. Data security and risk considerations can also play a part.
Cloud Computing, with the opportunity to fully embrace the Internet, could be the answer. The big question is why and when to make the move to Cloud Computing. Here are six signs that you should seriously consider making the move.
Change in Business
The pace of business change is becoming more and more rapid. New styles of doing business emerge frequently, and it is becoming increasingly important to keep up. If you don’t your competition will go past you.
You will notice a need to refocus when your market share falls, and your public image, as described on social media takes a hit.
An indication of a business losing ground to the competition is a falling away of business image. It can be important for a business to be seen as digitally aware, and reactive to current trends. This is particularly important for businesses who use online sales and marketing as a core part of their business strategy.
Purchasers tend these days to be digitally aware and expect an organisation to support interactions over the Internet and via Social Media. They are more fickle than previous generations and will rapidly switch allegiance to another supplier if they feel that the service levels they receive are not good enough.
An important factor in adopting the new technologies is improved cost efficiencies. Current hardware is becoming cheaper to buy than the legacy equivalent. Because of environmental concerns, it is usually cheaper to operate by needing less power.
As equipment ages maintenance costs increase, as does the likelihood of equipment failing and needing replacement. Finally, technical support may become more difficult and expensive to source.
Equipment End of Life
From time to time, manufacturers will announce that a product has reached “End of Life”. At that time, they will no longer provide maintenance and support to hardware products and won’t guarantee that spare parts will be available.
For software, it means that updates to correct bugs and other faults will not be issued, no new features will be added, and the software may become incompatible with later versions of other software products.
In short, your installation may become more expensive to run, more prone to unfixable hardware failures and you might not be able to take full advantage of new software advances because your existing operational systems are incompatible.
You can’t easily upgrade your ICT environment
If you need a forklift to update your existing hardware environment, then you aren’t keeping up. And it’s costing you extra money.
You can’t access your data
Your staff need to get a hold of company data from a variety of locations using a variety of different devices but cannot.
You have concerns about the safety and security of your corporate data.
How does Cloud Computing address these issues:
- You’ll need to do it someday anyway. It’s the future.
- Data Security is improved by having your data on remote servers. The costs of security measures and keeping them up to date is someone else’s headache.
- It’s always up to date. As with data security, keeping the hardware and software infrastructure up to date is someone else’s problem.
- It makes life easier. Your data is always available, from anywhere and using a wide variety of devices like smartphones and tablets.
Having these issues removed from your table allows you to concentrate on your core business. In summary, go to the Cloud. It makes sense.