How Adopting to Cloud Computing Strategy Drives Business Agility and Cost Reduction?
A shift to cloud is inevitable. A number of businesses, big or small, have taken up to cloud computing in order to be able to cut business costs and bring more agility to their businesses. A number of business giants have followed cloud style strategy after vigorous evaluation of their needs.
Let us have a look at how adopting to cloud computing strategy drives business agility and cost reduction.
Ability to quickly change around business needs: Your customers as well as your business needs keep changing with time and the more flexible you are towards catering to those changes, the more are your chances of success. Shifting to cloud computing gives you the ability to immediately react to customer’s needs. When you outsource your interactive data to a cloud vendor, you ensure that you have enough space to not only store the files but also allow the customers to download and view the files a higher speed from anywhere.
The flexible infrastructure that cloud offers translates into businesses enhancing their agility rather than being inhibitors of the change. It allows organizations to step up or tone down their operations to support their business goals such as attracting and retaining new customers or speeding up the time-to-market for latest services.
Expanding into new markets: Cloud computing assists a business to become more innovative and enter new markets in the field. It does this by reducing the risk and costs associated with entry into a new market, testing new products and experimenting with them. It lifts up the barriers to greater collaboration with larger firms thus allowing your business to expand.
No need to wait for hardware and software resources: The cloud makes everything accessible via the Internet. Conventional business processes need weeks or months at times to set up hardware and develop software. On the contrary, such setup can be ready in just a matter of few hours in the cloud. This time saving allows businesses to give time to other processes and requirements.
Pay for the number of resources you leverage: There is no denial that cloud computing increases the efficiency and speed of business processes and transactions. Cloud computing restructures your business model by doing away with the need to spend up-front with its pay-per-use model. The pay-per-use model of cloud computing offers its subscribers the opportunity to either rent or subscribe to the platforms, systems, infrastructure and data services which can be rapidly scaled up or down on need basis. This eliminates the risk of committing a lot of finances on insignificant or less useful resources which are required to store these entities themselves.
Businesses have the liberty to access all their business related elements from data backup to CRM or customer relationship management systems via the cloud. If your business uses Gmail or Yahoomail, you are already a subscriber to cloud services. With the above mentioned benefits of shifting to cloud computing from the traditional business practices, it shall not be an overstatement to mention that cloud computing is a technology that has a very bright future and it shall be no surprise if every business starts drifting towards cloud computing in the near future.
Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., a managed server virtualization and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised IBM business partner in Pacific Northwest.