The fastest growing SMBs have adopted the Cloud as a method to tackle four main IT Challenges:
High capital costs;
Scalability as the business grows, and;
Innovation as the company matures.
Results are favorable. Surveys indicate that:
53 percent of SMB’s using cloud technologies are more likely to experience a growth in revenue.
85% of businesses believe the cloud-enabled their company to scale and grow faster.
Organizations are finding that Cloud computing provides immediate access to the resources required to transform their business and enhance customer experience.
Many companies are still reluctant to make the move to the Cloud despite these advantages. The reluctance to migrate is especially evident in Western Canada, where we’ve seen cloud adoption be approximately 25% less than the rest of Canada. So, what’s holding you back?
Safety is cited as the number one objection to Cloud for 49% of associations (IDC 2017). Should you be worried? The safety investments made by the major Cloud suppliers is significant and has generated cloud platforms in which security breaches, due to seller error are rare. In actuality, the Cloud has proven to be more protected than many non-cloud environments.
A vital detractor to cloud for clients in Western Canada is the stress that network connectivity will be inadequate to provide the sort of response time and security that end users are accustomed to. With the major public cloud suppliers located in Eastern Canada, it is clear that network connectivity choices should be well understood before proceeding. Several networking options exist to deal with the need for high bandwidth, connectivity and security to Cloud, such as solutions based in Saskatchewan.
Service accessibility, including response time and user downtime, is a concern because of the perceived loss of control over the computing environment. To mitigate this concern, public Cloud vendors provide service levels for each of their products with fiscal credits supplied if they are not achieved. The strong engineering of the Cloud environment is such that high availability is consistently achieved. In a worst-case scenario, organizations can further protect critical applications by configuring them to automatically failover to alternative data centers should a Cloud data center go offline.
There is a general perception that services in the Cloud are more expensive than in the non-Cloud atmosphere. This is often raised when the comparison between Cloud and non-Cloud platforms does not correctly reflect all the costs which make up the non-Cloud infrastructure.
With all the non-Cloud costs in the table above mentioned, there is an almost 50% decrease in support and maintenance costs when the Cloud is selected. When doing a financial comparison or Cloud ROI, it’s also important to take into consideration the increased revenue that will take place as you drive your electronic conversion outcomes using Cloud services.
It can seem daunting when trying to decide how to begin. The best place to begin often with consulting a trusted partner with experience in Cloud migrations. Cloud migration requires skill and experience; often organizations who tackle this transition from themselves find it hard and time-consuming.
If you want to know how to get started but are not sure where to start, reach out and let’s grab a coffee. We can discuss your individual needs and help establish a path forward for your company to embrace all that the Cloud has to offer.