It seems that all we hear about these days is the move to the cloud.
Certainly, it's a top-trending technology topic for enterprise-sized
organizations. But don't let the hype mislead you into believing cloud
deployment is just for large businesses. Small- to medium-sized organizations
can absolutely reap the benefits of cloud. In fact if you're an SMB, you have
even more to gain from cloud deployment - and you run a real risk of missing
out by not going to the cloud.
According to a September 2014 study by Deloitte, SMBs using an above-average
number of cloud services grow 26 percent faster on average than those that
don't use cloud tools, and are more profitable by 21 percent on average.
As a small- to medium-sized business, you're likely working with a smaller
budget and less manpower than your enterprise-sized counterparts. Saving time
and money is even more crit... (more)
It's Time to Break Up with Your Legacy System ... and Turn to the Cloud
In every era of innovation, disruptive technologies have had their
disbelievers who resisted adopting new concepts. But in today's business
world, "being disruptive" has really empowered many businesses to make tough
decisions, investments, and lead the changes that need to be seen
organization-wide. Now, many disruptive technologies are truly the
foundation for growth - like cloud.
Unfortunately, the same pioneering attitude from the executive team doesn't
always trickle down to the internal IT departments... (more)
Move Your Cloud Strategy from Why to Why Not in 2015
It's a clear message being heard across the industry - widespread adoption of
cloud applications is only a matter of time. However, the tricky part for
many is, how much time do organizations actually have to hold out? And why
should they switch?
For starters - the cost savings are clear. Research has shown that most
organizations rapidly realize significant cost savings that increase over
time as they leave behind the array of indirect costs related to legacy
on-premise software. A recent IDC study showed that cloud solutions ... (more)
Make Change Your Friend: How Cloud Powers Business Agility
While change definitely can bring unprecedented opportunity to drive topline
revenue and improved efficiency, it can also bring obstruction and more
challenges for core business operations and infrastructure if not dealt with
properly. More specifically, change can come in many different ways such as
expansion into new countries, new and enhanced product lines, a merger or
acquisition, different customers and even new suppliers and distributors. All
of these changes can provide vast opportunities for growth, but only if a ... (more)
Cloud has been on a lot of boardroom agendas for quite a while, but typically
those discussions have focused on using cloud around edge applications -
expenses management, human capital management or perhaps customer
relationship management. However, as the cloud cover extends to
business-critical processes and core activities, five new considerations for
enterprise cloud deployment have arisen.
1. Your cloud should be invisible.
There should be no difference whatsoever to end users when they are faced
with an application via the cloud or on-premise. This begins with the user