Today's businesses are facing new and growing challenges, including security threats, consumer demand for mobile apps and services, and a need to use big data in meaningful ways. Security, mobility and big data are all three factors driving organizations to adopt the cloud.
Today, 71 percent of organizations rely on hybrid cloud, defined as a mixture of both private and public cloud deployments. Regardless of where your organization falls on cloud adoption, understanding whether your current approach to cloud and data storage is sufficient can allow you to gain and retain a competitive advantage. Read on for five clear signs your organization could benefit from moving to the cloud.
1. Aging Hardware
Every system in your organization requires ongoing effort, including updates, backups, performance testing and maintenance. If your current systems and hardware are quickly aging or on the brink of requiring replacement, it could make financial sense to switch to the Cloud instead of having to invest in replacements. In other words, you can unlock the financial benefits of a predictable monthly cost by switching to the cloud.
2. Up-time Issues
Up-time issues are expensive; costing organizations countless hours of productivity. Even worse, unreliable infrastructure can make your business appear unprofessional to the outside world.
While downtime can have a range of causes, including inconsistent maintenance, hardware failure or human error. The cloud help businesses experience reliability and increased up-time through built-in redundancy and disaster recovery solutions.
3. Unpredictable IT Costs
If your IT team is constantly focused on dealing with unexpected issues, your IT costs are likely unpredictable. Unexpected or over-budget IT spend can make it difficult to achieve strategic planning or cost-reduction. Not only is managed IT a predictable monthly expenditure, research reveals that it can cut costs by 40 percent while doubling the efficiency of your operations.
4. Lack of In-House Expertise
"Limited availability" of professionals who are experts in cloud technologies is the primary barrier to adoption, according to recent studies. Internal cloud expertise can be costly to hire and difficult to find.
Selecting a cloud provider that can help you through your cloud journey is a key decision in your cloud adoption. Instead of having to hire your own experts, you can unlock rely on your cloud provider or consultant to manage, optimize and handle your business cloud workloads.
5. Security Stress
Security threats are a very real concern for modern organizations. Not to mention the financial loss, the average data breach costs organizations customers trust, compliance fees and cleanup costs associated with a security incident.
If your organization is concerned about your ability to defend against security threats or not sure how effective your safeguards are, it could be a clear sign you could benefit from the cloud. A professionally designed cloud deployment can protect your company from many risks including malware, human error or data loss from a natural disaster.
Conclusion: The Value of Cloud Consulting
If there was a single, surefire sign that your organization could benefit from help with cloud services, it would be if your data seems more like a source of stress than a business asset. Optimizing the performance and security of your cloud services isn't simple, which is why 32 percent of organizations report that a lack of resources and expertise is a key IT challenge.
Optimal cloud deployments are rarely one-size-fits-all, with the majority of organizations adopting a mixture of public and private cloud resources. Partnering with a Cloud Consulting firm can allow your organization to balance your priorities and resources through the best deployment for your needs.