The cloud helps you avoid unmitigated risk
In any computing environment, there’s always a risk when corporate data is placed outside of your company’s protective safeguards. This includes “shadow IT,” hardware or software used by individual employees or teams that haven’t been approved for use by your IT department.
This doesn’t mean that employees are maliciously using these programs but instead have adopted a new tool to simplify a repeated task or a step within a big project. It might happen because your IT department is too slow to approve a request, or it might be the workers who don’t know they need to make a request.
Regardless of the reason, the cloud offers stronger protection against unmitigated shadow IT risks and other security red flags. The cloud offers many tools that can help your IT team track unauthorized applications and extensions, individual user usage and more. It provides stronger protection against data breaches and intrusions than a legacy server environment would.
The cloud improves business viscosity
What happens when you can’t quickly access the data you need to make key business decisions? You might miss out on a big win and a larger grab of market share.
If you can’t move easily and fluidly from research to decision-making in your current environment, it’s time to rethink how you work and how you manage your data. Organizations that have adopted a cloud-first mindset will be the first to tell you that operations became much more nimble thanks to always-on, accessible data to drive decisions.
How? First, all of your information is stored in one place and is accessible from any device, from anywhere in the world at any given time. If you’re on the road but need to look up information to help close a big deal that’s pending, you can do that, even if you aren’t on your work laptop at your desk.
You’re not tied down to a hard drive or slow-to-use virtual private network (VPN). You don’t even need to connect to WiFi if you have a mobile connection on a phone or tablet. No matter how you access the cloud, you’ll get a seamless connection.
This also drives better team collaboration. More than one person can access cloud-based documents at the same time and even work together in real-time to edit them and comment with each other in chat features.
The cloud also gives you the computing power to manage larger amounts of data and users. When usage surges, the cloud can adapt to that, without causing data accessibility issues. When it drops back down, the cloud’s compute capacity scales back with it.
The cloud allows innovation to thrive
If your teams are struggling with bad network connections, slow servers, hard drive failures and other pitfalls common to legacy environments, then they are focusing more time on getting the system to work than to use it to innovate the next big idea for your organization.
How can they innovate in the cloud? Through improved avenues for communication and collaboration with each other, as mentioned above. Brainstorming isn’t limited to a group around a physical conference room table. You also have one document in which everyone can access together and share ideas rather than using a file that only allows one user to use it at the same time.
When teams are more productive, they have time to be more creative. When they are more creative, that’s when they start innovating. The cloud helps drive this.
This is just a brief look at four big reasons for cloud adoption. There are many other cloud migration advantages, and with this in mind, there’s no better time than today to start investigating if a cloud computing revolution is right for your organization.