The allure of the cloud is impossible to deny. It is an all-purpose platform for maintaining, enhancing and transforming business. Indeed, its utility transcends business type. From hospitals to small businesses to charities to governments, it has the potential to improve organizations across the board.
The efficacy of the cloud in transforming business operations was affirmed by an upcoming report from Computer Economics, which found that organizations that have made a full transition to the cloud cut IT costs by more than 15 percent. The report – a preview of which was shared on Diginomica – places in concrete numbers what businesses that have joined the cloud can already attest to: It cuts costs while improving business. As Computer Economics CEO Frank Scavo said, "All of the respondents were big on the flexibility and scalability benefits of cloud systems. In fact, it was hard to get them to indicate any downside."
The release of the report may lead to more companies clamoring to join the cloud. And while a cloud transition promises to be a great move for businesses, it is important to follow certain precautionary measures as the shift happens.
Caution must be exercised in cloud move
Moving to the cloud is not without its concerns for businesses, according to LifeHacker Australia. For Australian applications company Stargate the prospect of joining the cloud was daunting because "your data's never just in Australia – it's being replicated overseas," Stargate operations manager Unal Altay said. "If you change your mind five years down the track, how do you know you have all your data retrieved?"
Altay's concern is a valid one in a world where cybersecurity breaches make headlines on a regular basis. However, the concern about public accessibility of private information does not exist in the enterprise cloud, which furnishes its clients with protective measures to ensure their data remains private. Businesses looking to join the cloud are advised to look into a private cloud service provider to get the security they deserve.
Cloud leaving IT market behind?
Amid the mounting popularity surrounding the cloud, one concern that has been continually voiced is the potential it has to displace IT workers. And as the report carried out by Computer Economics indicates, part of the reason businesses save costs in the cloud is because they're able to consolidate their IT departments. Indeed, it makes sense that as the market for IaaS cloud providers increases, a corresponding decrease in internal company infrastructure would occur.
But as Computer Weekly pointed out, IT workers don't necessarily have to worry about losing their jobs – as long as they're willing to work on changing the way they do them. After all, the businesses will still need staff to manage their operations in the cloud. According to the article, the growth of cloud-based structures will mean that IT staff will have to learn the ins and outs of cloud computing to remain integral to business operations.