The fastest growing SMBs have embraced the Cloud as a way to address four primary IT Challenges:
Results are positive. Surveys indicate that:
53 percent of SMB’s using cloud technologies are more likely to experience a growth in revenue.
85% of companies believe the cloud-enabled their company to scale and grow faster.
Organizations are discovering that Cloud computing offers immediate access to the resources required to digitally transform their business and improve customer experience.
Many companies are still reluctant to make the move to the Cloud despite these benefits. The reluctance to migrate is particularly evident in Western Canada, where we have seen cloud adoption be roughly 25% less than the rest of Canada. So, what’s holding you back?
Safety is cited as the number one objection to Cloud for 49% of associations (IDC 2017). Should you be concerned? The security investments made by the significant Cloud suppliers is significant and has generated cloud platforms where security breaches, due to seller error are rare. In fact, the Cloud has proven to be more protected than many non-cloud environments.
A vital detractor to cloud for customers in Western Canada is the worry that network connectivity will likely be insufficient to deliver the type of reaction time and security that end users are accustomed to. With the significant public Cloud providers located in Eastern Canada, it’s understandable that network connectivity options should be well understood before proceeding. Several networking options exist to deal with the need for high bandwidth, connectivity and security to Cloud, such as solutions based in Saskatchewan.
Service availability, including response time and user downtime, is a concern due to the perceived loss of control over the computing environment. To mitigate this concern, public Cloud vendors provide service levels for each of their products with financial credits supplied if they aren’t achieved. The robust engineering of the Cloud environment is such that high availability is always achieved. In a worst-case scenario, organizations can further protect critical applications by configuring them to automatically failover to alternate data centres should a Cloud data center go offline.
There is a general perception that services in the Cloud are more expensive than in the non-Cloud atmosphere. This is often raised when the comparison between Cloud and non-Cloud platforms doesn’t accurately reflect all the costs that make up the non-Cloud infrastructure.
With all the non-Cloud costs in the table above mentioned, there’s an almost 50% reduction in service and maintenance costs when the Cloud is chosen. When doing a financial comparison or Cloud ROI, it’s also important to take into consideration the increased revenue that will take place as you drive your digital conversion outcomes using Cloud services.
It can seem daunting when trying to decide how to begin. The best place to begin often with consulting a trusted partner with experience in Cloud migrations. Cloud migration requires skill and experience; frequently organizations who tackle this transition by themselves find it difficult and time-consuming.
If you want to learn how to get started but aren’t sure where to start, reach out and let us grab a coffee. We can discuss your individual requirements and help define a path forward for your company to embrace everything the Cloud offers.