If you read the computing press you cannot miss the move to the cloud – it is one of the critical drivers of IT organizations work at the moment. One of the major reasons for this move is to improve interactions with other businesses and end customers. It is a means to allow customers to interface with company systems to reduce the administrative burden on the company. It also makes the customer experience simpler and more enjoyable.
The question, therefore, is whether or not an organization should move to the cloud.
Here are several reasons why a decision to move to the cloud is the right one.
- Modernize the applications. Businesses have a myriad of legacy applications written by people who have retired or left the company, are written in unsupported programming languages and run on out of date technology. All of these issues make the legacy applications difficult and costly to maintain.
The cloud solves a number of these issues. It means that new applications can be deployed on modern technology, a large amount of which will be owned by the cloud company and not the responsibility of the organization. Modern languages and application architectures can be used to provide dynamic and flexible solutions for the business.
- Focus on the business. Over the past years, the mission of IT departments has got confused. It should be to help the business retain existing customers and to gain new ones. Instead, a large percentage of an IT departments budget goes to just keeping the lights on and not on helping the company grow.
By moving to the cloud much of the infrastructure headaches that cost so much money can be passed to a 3rd party and those released resources can be used to derive more value for the company.
- Take advantage of cloud services. There are a wide variety services available via the cloud ranging from infrastructure, platform and software. The challenge is to identify those that best suit the business needs and then to manage the migration from on-premise solutions to, in effect, outsourced solutions.
- Use “mega-technology”. The current advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning give businesses the opportunity to develop solutions that take advantage of these new advances. The challenge is that the computing power required is, in some cases, more than the organization can host in its own data centers.
The cloud can come to the rescue by making available huge amounts of power on an as required basis. Therefore, the organization can take advantage of masses of technology power when they need it at a fraction of the cost of maintaining the same infrastructure for themselves.
- Cost reduction. I leave this one to last because there is some argument as to whether or not moving to the cloud does reduce costs. If the organization already has an operational infrastructure that meets its needs, then there is a cost implication of the migration to the cloud. However, the benefits of the move might eventually outweigh the cost of carrying out the move.
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