Choosing the right implementation strategy for a specific new application you are considering can be intimidating. Many companies today are adopting a “cloud first” strategy when deploying new applications, but what makes sense for your organization? Asking yourself questions will help set a strategy for investing in future applications and your company’s evolution in the era of the cloud.
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What is the Cloud?
In its most basic definition, the cloud translates to an offsite service provided by a specialized expert organization. The service must be geographically agnostic, resilient to infrastructure and software failures, and typically be delivered as a rented service to end-users.
How Does the Cloud Help Your Business?
One of the ways using a cloud-platform can transform a business is that it makes collaboration across different locations much easier. Using a cloud platform also enables a company to deploy updates in service or a product faster, a major plus from both the business and end-user perspective. With seamless communication and updates, cloud inherently supports expansion and growth.
Who Uses Cloud Software?
We hear a few common objections when discussing about migrating to the cloud such as “We don’t really need it,” or “Our business is predictable and we’re already set up and trained with on-premise.” Namely, that the benefits of using cloud-based software sound nice but are not necessary for certain businesses. Accordingly, the information technology (IT) landscape has experienced a significant trend in migrating from on-premise software to cloud software. One of the results of this trend is an array of industries.
How Did We Get Here?
Revisiting how the trend of cloud migration happened and the context in which it did, answers why we care so much about it today. Overtime, these technical skills became widespread within the IT realm, allowing more competitors to enter the market and transforming a previously specialized service into a commodity service. Why did we care about the IT market in the 1990s? It drove down costs and broadened access to server hosting capacities across the globe.
Overall, using cloud-based software offers companies flexibility and ability to scale. Even for companies that do not envision scaling, migrating to “the cloud” still allows them to improve upon current processes.
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