Businesses today are being forced to make the most out of their limited resources, creating a need that is being fulfilled by SaaS companies and cloud based services. Many companies have heard of cloud for years, but have been slow to adopt it. However, cloud is much more than just a buzzword or a fad. In this post, we will explore five of the main reasons companies need to move to cloud services.
1- Saves money
It’s widely accepted that one of the primary reasons companies (SMB’s in particular) are migrating to cloud is because of the financial benefits. Switching to cloud saves companies money in several ways. One, cloud service providers have the advantage of robust scale of economies, which enables them to price their services much lower.
Another financial benefit for cloud users is that they don’t have to pay for space they don’t use. They only have to pay according to usage, which is something that any CFO or CIO can appreciate. Additionally, moving to cloud saves capital in maintenance costs and infrastructure. Other savings include less staff to monitor hardware and decreased power usage.
2- Easy integration
Siloed applications are becoming a thing of the past. Today’s company is needs integrated applications that can easily be switched out if necessary, and general unification of all the applications in the system. With cloud, applications don’t work in isolation. Mixing technologies to find the optimal output lets businesses use the best applications whether they’re a SMB, large enterprise, or a data center.
In business, change is constant. New competitors are continuously emerging, new products are released, new industry technology is created, and other developments take place every day. The difference between successful businesses and unsuccessful ones is the ability to adapt. The cloud is well known for being scalable and flexible.
Nearly every aspect of a company’s IT needs can be moved to the cloud. But this change doesn’t have to occur all at once, which is where the flexibility of the cloud comes in handy. A company might choose to have their customer database in the cloud, but manage other aspects in-house. Companies have the ability to make the cloud work for them in this respect. Thanks to the many SaaS offerings, hosting as many or as little of your IT needs in the cloud as you want is easily done.
4- Speed and efficiency
It can take weeks for a company to plan out, configure, and implement services. When using a cloud service provider, the same services can be handled in a few hours or even less. The fact that all of the technical aspects are handled off-site makes the process even more convenient and typically quicker as well.
When servers crash or when there is a hiccup somewhere in the system, fixing the problem usually consists of submitting a help desk ticket or giving the provider a call. There is no need to call a service person to come in, physically examine the machine, and spend hours on-site holding up the entire company. Quick turnaround allows for a more efficient use of company time and resources.
5- Easy collaboration
As companies become more global, employees are often located in different states or even different countries. With cloud computing, employees can sync together and work on projects, documents, or apps no matter where they are. According to a survey from Frost & Sullivan, companies that use collaboration technology received a 400% return on investment.
Kfir Bar-Levav started out as a sales rep in 1995 and since then has acquired extensive entrepreneurship skills and sales experience as a result of working in the field and managing the sales teams of leading international fashion and luxury brands. Kfir founded WRNTY Ltd. in 2006 and today serves as VP of Business Development.