In the digital era where most companies and organisations have some kind of IT infrastructure, and many are achieving growing amounts of sales via their online presence, having the best systems and keeping up with rapidly changing technology is vital. However, It comes at a high cost if companies are running and maintaining their own networks.
A cloud solution becomes clearer as the cost of purchasing computer hardware, servers to run digital operations, all the various types of software that companies need, start to add up. Then there are the salaries of IT staff needed to run an onsite network, as well as frequently ordering new equipment to replace computer hardware that rapidly becomes obsolete.
It's not surprising that KPMG estimates that companies may spend around 30% of their budget on IT infrastructure and running their networks. And when they shift their systems to cloud computing solutions, they can enjoy significant cost savings. Moving to the cloud means giving up part or all of your IT system, and operating from data centres run by cloud computing companies run by tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others.
The Case for Cloud Computing
With cloud computing, companies and organisations are ditching their in-house IT setups and essentially renting server and storage space in datacentres housing as many as 80,000 servers. You only use what you need and can get more in an instant if your company is growing and requires more processing power and data storage. And instead of buying and downloading software — apps and programs — companies pay a small fee to use them; some may be free. There's usually nothing to download either, (apart from setup files that may be required), as they are cloud-hosted.
While far lower costs may be the main attraction of cloud computing over having an in-house network, the advantages go beyond finances. The cloud helps companies to become more agile, as remote servers host the apps and programs that staff need to work, and only an internet connection is required to gain access and use them. Employees are no longer confined to the office and can work from wherever they happen to be, including at home.
With growing numbers of companies having staff scattered around the world, and no longer limited to recruiting staff from within the local area, the cloud gives them all the ability to work together in real-time and collaborate. As staff are completing their tasks, data and backups automatically save so that if something goes wrong and a server goes down, valuable data is not lost.
A Cloud Computing Business Plan
A good cloud computing business plan should revolve around three key areas: lowering costs, increasing flexibility and ensuring higher levels of security to protect data and keep the company from reputational and financial harm. You can use a cloud business case template to guide you with your plan and selection of the right cloud computing solution and its related services.
The case for cloud computing is solid and based on helping companies and organisations to be more efficient than ever while allowing them to achieve higher levels of profitability. Why go to the trouble and considerable expense of running your own IT network when you can leave it in the capable hands of cloud computing experts?
Get a free consultation from cloud computing experts ITRM today and find out how your company can save money, become more agile and see your profits grow. Contact us now.