Bill Hipsher opened a property storage business aimed at helping people identify and sign up for physical storage solutions online in 2004. With less than 100 employees, it was by no means a large-scale operation, according to The Wall Street Journal. And yet Hipsher soon found himself shelling out around $25,000 a month in IT costs – an expenditure that was eating into business and actively impeding the growth of the company. If Hipsher wanted to progress, something would have to change.

And so, like many forward-minded CEOs, he turned to the enterprise cloud. By shifting some business functionality off company servers and into the cloud, he suddenly found himself saving thousands of dollars a year – all while being able to house his company on a digital platform that was conducive to rapid growth. The migration to an enterprise cloud service provider facilitated immediate changes in the office, not least of which was the hiring of a group of new employees.

"We've been able to reinvest into what we make," Hipsher said of the shift. 

Hipsher is only one of many executives across industrial sectors who have realized that joining the enterprise cloud is a clear step toward positive business development.

The importance of bringing enterprise IT structures up to speed
With the number of businesses moving to the cloud, questions have arisen about the future of IT departments. Will in-house IT departments be necessary in an enterprise climate that stores its information in remote facilities? According to The Guardian, such departments will retain relevance – and can even help with a smooth cloud migration – as long as they're properly prepared for the shift. For current small organization IT employees, this means getting educated about navigating the cloud, so that when the time comes to migrate, they will be a help and not a hindrance.