Published December 15, 2017
At this point in time almost every software solution is available in a cloud orientation. Business leaders looking to upgrade or enhance their IT infrastructure must consider the cloud as an option. But some remain skeptical because of concerns about data security, user control, and long-term cost.
Now that the cloud has reached maturity those concerns have been demonstrably dismissed. However, the point that must be underlined is that foregoing the cloud represents more than just a lost opportunity. It also represents an obstacle and vulnerability for your business. Here are five examples that can’t be overlooked:
1 – You Pay a Lot More for IT
The whole notion of the cloud is based on the idea that you simply rent a portion of some technical resource rather than buying the entire thing yourself. Trying to keep everything in-house forces you to pay hefty licensing agreements and make binding long-term commitments. You also must maintain enough in-house IT staff to take on the maintenance, updating, and troubleshooting those technologies require. That represents both a major capital expense and a major ongoing operating expense that could easily be minimized by choosing the cloud instead.
2 – You Gamble on Cyber Security
Every company is at risk of a cyberattack. Unfortunately, the cost and complexity of security solutions is significant. And even if you are willing to make a major investment in those solutions, you will also need dedicated staff to keep them optimized or else subject yourself to troubling vulnerabilities. Companies that provide something like cloud-based ERP stake their reputation on the security of the cloud. And since they serve so many customers, each one taps into a larger and more ironclad level of protection than they could provide themselves.
3 – You Sacrifice Opportunities for Collaboration and Innovation
Of all the advantages the cloud provides, the “anytime anywhere accessibility” may be the biggest. The limitation of any on-site IT is that it only benefits the team members who are at that location during normal business hours. Collaborators who work from home, travel to meet clients, or simply feel more creative in a coffee shop are cut out of the loop. The sorts of bright ideas that propel growth are born out of fruitful and flexible work environments. And only the cloud is able to extend applications and data to everyone who could benefit.
4 – You Struggle to Grow Seamlessly
Most on-site tech solutions are customized for the needs of the present. So when a company grows and suddenly has to accommodate new locations, new products, new markets, or new workflows the original solution is inherently inadequate. Unfortunately, trying to scale it to meet your new needs is expensive and uncertain when it’s possible at all. The cloud, by contrast, is specifically designed to scale quickly and without limits. That means technical limitations have far fewer opportunities to hold back your initiatives.
5 – You Give Up Business Continuity
Imagine what would happen if your office experienced a fire, flood, or even just a power outage. All your on-site IT and the data/applications contained within would become inaccessible at best or get destroyed at worst. Your ability to serve customers would be severely interrupted, and business would take a long-lasting hit. The cloud enables you to practice business continuity, because in the wake of the unexpected nothing is permanently lost. Even if your entire office burns down your data is in the cloud and so are the tools your enterprise utilizes every day. Getting up and running again is as easy as finding an internet connection.
The choice to implement any new technology is a major one and should never be made lightly. But understand that while skepticism is healthy, misconceptions are counterproductive. Factor in all that you gain from moving to the cloud and all that you lose by staying on the ground.