How To Get The Most From Your Cloud Investment

February 02, 2015  

Cloud computing is a permanent part of the background of everyday life. Anywhere there are computers and mobile devices in use – from hospitals, stores, manufacturing plants and banks to offices, schools, and police stations, the cloud is at work.

It’s clear that businesses believe the cloud model is superior to the traditional self-hosting model. Cloud solutions provider, Sage, says that 87 percent of mid-market businesses (100 to 499 employees) use cloud technology. Of these, 80 percent say they made the switch to cloud computing within the last two years. 

Are these businesses getting all that they can from the cloud?

Truthfully, they probably don’t know.

All are likely getting at least some of the inherent benefits, such as:  

  • Lower cost
  • Flexibility and scalability
  • Mobile accessibility
  • Secure hosting and storage

But with so many vendors yelling, “Cloud!” in the business technology marketplace, it’s understandable that business leaders are confused about the value of cloud products and services. For example, there’s a lot of excitement about line-of-business cloud solutions, but according to an Autotask survey of more than 1,300 IT service providers, the greatest demand for cloud capabilities lies first in Backup and Recovery, followed by Services and Office Productivity Apps.

Gartner identified the Top 10 Cloud Myths, and one of them is “The Cloud Should Be Used for Everything.”  This is a good place to start evaluating where within the business cloud could have the biggest benefit. Instead of starting by asking, “Where can we use the cloud?” ask, “How can the cloud better help us focus on our unique value proposition?” For some companies, the answer will be customer-facing solutions while for others it will be more internal, such as eliminating non-value add work.

Undoubtedly, cloud computing is a game-changer. But just as each organization is unique, the cloud investments they make should be, too.

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