“Line-of-business leaders everywhere are bypassing IT departments to get applications from the cloud (also known as software as a service, or SaaS) and paying for them like they would a magazine subscription. And when the service is no longer required, they can cancel that subscription with no equipment left unused in the corner.” ~ Daryl Plummer, Managing Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at GartnerRoughly 5 out of 6 large businesses list cloud computing as one of their top innovation priorities. A report by McKinsey states that IT leaders appear to be less satisfied with their business ability to innovate & want to take it to cloud computing. [caption id="attachment_8273" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Source: McKinsey Digital Insights : capturing-value-from-it-infrastructure-innovation[/caption]
As you start your voyage, here are a top 9 reasons why Cloud Technology is a smart move right from the beginning
CostFor startups/SMEs the traditional hardware proves expensive & ties up a lot of capital — both in terms of procurement and maintenance. Switching to the cloud provides better service and computing choices to the business thus offering a value for money compute model.
Time to MarketCloud speed-up the application development and overall processes. Business can provision servers quickly and flexibly to meet the demands. Another important factor is quality which is a clear benefit for businesses switching to cloud computing. [caption id="attachment_8272" align="aligncenter" width="629"] Source: Horizon 360 by McKinsey, McKinsey Cloud Infrastructure Survey[/caption]
IntegrationCloud solutions offer simplicity by helping the businesses to integrate their on-premise infrastructure with cloud or run their complete operations on the cloud. Cloud computing subscriptions, IaaS, PaaS services create a more manageable, cost-effective solution for startups & SMEs. [caption id="attachment_8274" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Source: Horizon 360 by McKinsey, McKinsey Cloud Infrastructure Survey[/caption]
ScalabilityThe ability to scale or to quickly provision a server during high-demand situations certainly drops the business barriers. This is adorable, cloud technology is a business enabler, rather than just a bunch of gimmick tools.
PerformanceCloud can rapidly accelerate your efficiency. The businesses can experience significant performance improvements. From efficiency gains to improved processes, cloud computing can pace the progress while avoiding big-capital expenses.
AccessibilityThe trend in computing started with a single device followed by some dumb terminals. It shifted to computers with a network and now it’s all about network-based computing through Wi-Fi, Mobile data or expanded networks. The cloud is the key to freedom, we are no longer tied to a single server.
ReliabilityThe overall reliability is an important metric by which a technology might fall or rise. The situations like server outage, crash, failure can happen to any Start-up/SME. This can harm your clients, employees, cost as well as hard-earned reputation earned over a period of time. The cloud reliability model aims to let users access their data and files at all times. This ensures a reliable, safe and fail-proof system all the time.
SecurityAnd that’s a respectable feature. For every type of Start-up/SME business the cloud security is like getting a booster shot of enterprise-level security.. It’s a situation similar to ‘’herd immunity’’ where every application or service is immunised against security attacks. This will also help in making a better ecosystem of services and apps, meaning more demanding and subsequently better options for all the Start-ups/SMEs
Simplified ModelCloud computing world allows start-ups/SMEs to minimize the cost of executing an idea. If it flops, they’re not left ruined. That lets business person cycle through innovative ideas more rapidly, trying out their ideas with right-set of compute and finally hit a sweet spot when they are successful