Ting Hsuan Lin | September 29, 2016
According to data from Gartner Research, the public cloud industry is expected to grow to $204 billion in 2016 (gartner.com/newsroom/id/3188817). As an ever-increasing number of business owners opt to move their business’ IT infrastructure to the cloud, it is helpful to understand the reasons behind this mass migration. For business owners who have yet to switch the majority of their operations to cloud-based software, the FOMO (fear of missing out) is often tempered by lack of a clear understanding of the multiple benefits of cloud computing. If you are a contemplating transitioning to cloud technology for your company, consider the following benefits to get a fuller understanding of the perks you’ll be receiving:
– One of the most noticeable benefits of transitioning to cloud-based technology is the decrease in your IT costs. Maintaining in-house IT operations is significantly more expensive than cloud-based IT. As more cloud service offerings become available, costs are coming down. Major players, including Amazon and Google, are offering an increasing number of APIs. This allows cloud technology providers to quickly upgrade the products and services they offer their customers without spending an inordinate amount of time on software development. This ability to offer bulk cloud products as a service keeps costs lower for end users like small business owners.
– Cloud technology brings increased security to business owners. Instead of depending upon in-house IT security systems that can malfunction or be tampered with, cloud computing offers a much higher degree of security. With multiple layers of protection, a business’ data is much safer in the cloud than backed up on a hard drive in the boss’ office.
– Businesses that make the move to the cloud find their downtime outages reduced significantly. System crashes, server malfunctions, and bug fixes are greatly reduced when a business moves their data to cloud-based technology. Customers can be attended to, sales can be made, and new growth opportunities can be hunted when a business isn’t scrambling to recover from a computer system malfunction.
– One of the most overlooked benefits of moving a business to the cloud is the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the latest technological advances are instantly within reach. When a company runs on in-house software and servers, any upgrade is a major decision. Options, prices, and implementation requirements (staffing, overtime pay, etc.) all have to be considered before any IT decision is made. When a business depends on cloud-based technology, those overwhelming decisions are a thing of the past.
With a better understanding of the numerous benefits of cloud computing, you can feel comfortable transitioning part or all of your business’ IT needs to the cloud. With massive growth in this sector expected over the coming years, the products and services that will become available to business owners knows no bounds. It isn’t a matter of if you move your company to the cloud, but when. Are you ready to start enjoying the benefits that come with being a member of the cloud computing crew?