Many organizations are shifting their IT resources to the cloud. In fact, 78% of companies forecast they will adopt the cloud in some way by 2020. However, it’s important to take a moment and evaluate the business case for the cloud, and its potential impact on your unique environment.
The good news is that the tidal wave of support for moving to the cloud continues to grow, and now, there is more data than ever to support that move. For small-to-medium-sized organizations, the shift to the cloud can represent a substantial change in operations which can be concerning to owners. But, with the proper planning and support (either from an internal IT team or MSPs), SMB owners can begin to feel more confident about shifting to the cloud and the benefits thereof. So, what exactly is the value in shifting to the cloud?
A Look at the Business Case for the Cloud
More Time to Focus on Core Competencies
A key benefit of shifting to the cloud is that it enables organizations to focus on what is important to them by allowing them to outsource tasks that aren’t unique to their business. As a result, organizations gain more time to develop the competitive parts of their business. For many companies, running their IT infrastructure is a means to an end and not necessarily how they generate their competitive position in the market. Leveraging cloud infrastructure and web applications is a great way to refocus the internal resources where they matter most. By doing so, you could experience as much as a 20% average improvement in time to market.
More than ever before, IT solutions are a way that end users accomplish their jobs. With cloud-based IT tools that can help virtually any kind of professional and worker, people are accomplishing more than ever. For example, 86% of end users found that web-based applications help them do their jobs better, with many reporting a 49% reduction in emails, 30% fewer scheduled meetings, and a 25% increase in customer satisfaction. As a whole, organizations can gain an 18% average increase (Read more...)