How Cloud Computing is Changing the Face of Business

How Cloud Computing is Changing the Face of Business

Newsflash, Cloud Business Intelligence adoption is soaring in 2018 and level of ubiquity is almost twice as that of 2016. A recently completed survey showed that over 90% of Sales and Marketing teams find Cloud Business Intelligence important for completing tasks, especially in 2018.

These should be enough reasons to convince you that cloud computing is now an ingrained part of business operations. But how is it effecting the change? This question is the bone of contention in this blog post and we shall use all the resources in our power to drive the point home.

Before we get into the brass tacks, let’s garner some perspective with some findings from the RightScale State of the Cloud Report 2018.

Key highlights from the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report include:

  • Average enterprise cloud spending increases: For enterprises (companies with more than 1,000 employees), 26 percent say they spend more than $6 million a year in the public cloud. Another 26 percent say they spend between $1.2 million and $6 million a year. 20 percent of enterprises (companies with more than 1,000 employees) plan to more than double public cloud spend. An additional 17 percent plan to increase cloud spend 50 to 100 percent. Overall, 71 percent of enterprises will grow public cloud spend more than 20 percent.

 

  • Optimizing cloud costs is top initiative: Optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative again for the second year in a row for all cloud users (58 percent), which is an increase over 2017 (53 percent).

  • Cloud users leverage multiple clouds: Respondents are already running applications in 3.1 clouds and experimenting with 1.7 more for a total of 4.8 clouds used.

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  • Public cloud adoption is up: Adoption of public cloud grew for all cloud providers. Across all users, AWS increased adoption from 57 percent in 2017 to 64 percent in 2018; Azure increased from 34 to 45 percent; Google Cloud increased from 15 to 18 percent; IBM Cloud increased from 8 to 10 percent; VMware Cloud on AWS came right out of the gate strongly with 8 percent adoption; Oracle Cloud increased from 3 to 6 percent; and Alibaba Cloud showed 2 percent adoption in its first year being included in the survey.

 

These are just excerpts from the report published earlier this year, which just goes on to emphasize the push towards the cloud by small, medium and large companies alike. If you have been working on shared servers for your hosting and site management requirements, you might want to follow the example of a large number of these aforementioned companies who have discovered a tangible business value in migrating to the cloud.

Here are some reasons why you may want to consider the cloud for your business.

Cloud Computing Allows for Business Scalability

Depending on the business operation you manage, your business can either scale up or down. Usually, scaling means that you’re transferring your database to a larger and more powerful server, installing expensive upgrades, and probably leasing a bigger office space. This cycle will then continue the next time you choose to expand to accommodate even more users.

With cloud computing, however, you only need your cloud service provider to handle this aspect of your business. What is required is that you just indicate the number of people you plan to cater for and they’ll get it done. This saves you time and money and you can dedicate the effort to other things.

Speaking about money, the next point handles it well.

Cloud Computing Reduces Your IT Budget

Let’s take Amazon Web Services as an example. A bigger company, Amazon, purchases extremely powerful computer systems which can support as many users as possible. They then lease a portion of their space to smaller startups, giving these companies the opportunity to enjoy improved computing power without buying the powerful machines.

Now, this definitely reduces the amount you spend on infrastructure and personnel. You also do not need to pay for office space. And certainly, the energy consumed is not an issue. There are also fewer outages which could otherwise harm your profit.

You Get Access to Support and Management

Thanks to technological advancement and automation, your file storage system is both updated and maintained autonomously. Ensuring that you always stay ahead of your competitors. Not only do you enjoy the software updates, you get to leverage server upgrades and improvement in processing power, which is not easy to execute when you manage your IT yourself.

Business Agility

An agile business is a futuristic business and this is the only business that can stand the test of time in this thoroughly competitive digital market. Cloud computing positions you well to be able to take advantage of any shift in the market. There’s no pressure on you to raise capital or gather human resources in a haste. In essence, cloud computing eliminates the barriers to business growth and agility.

Work Can be Completed Remotely

Hello? We’re in the 21st century. “I forgot the key to my cabinet where I keep my files” is no longer a cogent excuse. Clients will see you as both irresponsible and incompetent if this trend continues. Cloud computing means that everything is available on the cloud and you get access to every vital information anywhere and everywhere.

Biztruss works closely with businesses ranging from startups to large sized entities in helping them draft their cloud strategy depending on their stated objectives. Scaling is a core consideration that companies need to factor in towards framing and building their cloud management exercise. This is particularly important when you are factoring in a huge surge of registrants and visitors to your app or site or when you have a much larger number of transactions to account for. Under no circumstance, can your site crash under the load.

You may want to look through another one of our blogs that focuses on the subject of scaling here. We at Biztruss advocate the value of elastic loads but more importantly it needs to be supported by a set of measures that run complimentary towards the scaling exercise.

Conclusion

Just like you gleaned from the introduction, the benefits of cloud computing are manifold, perhaps, too many to count. You also enjoy staffing efficiency, reduced capital expenditures, accelerated time to market, etc. Cloud computing is undoubtedly an integral part of business today. If you’ve not joined the train, you should give it serious consideration.

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