Are You Spending Too Much Time on IT?
Twenty years ago, the Meyer Group identified time as the most precious business resource. More specifically, the Meyer Group discussed the time it took to support hardware, software and people in IT departments. This is still an issue for many businesses.
If your business is still working with physical hardware and networking technology, IT is probably a major and painful part of your annual capital expenditure. Having the right number of software licences to support internal users and solving their problems can be a major headache, too. The result is that IT administrators spend hours, days and weeks on troubleshooting that would be better spent on growing your business. This is where the cloud comes in to save the day.
Why Businesses Are Rapidly Moving to the Cloud
North Bridge’s 2015 survey on the future of cloud computing reports that 77 percent of organizations use software as a service (up 9 percent from 2014) and 67 percent use infrastructure as a service (up 19 percent from 2014.) The survey shows that sales and marketing data, business analytics and customer service are increasingly being handled in the cloud.
The cloud saves IT departments time on content management, communications application development and disaster recovery. This means that if you want to stay competitive, you have to move to the cloud. In the same report, Wikibon’s senior cloud analyst Brian Gracely suggests that using the cloud is no longer a matter of if but when. He adds that the results show that businesses see the cloud as a way for IT to “deliver business agility for competitive advantage.”
Advantages for Small Business
If you’re a small business, moving to the cloud removes the need to have a fully staffed IT department, which can save your business time and money. Rather than wasting time on troubleshooting, an IT administrator can build relationships with service providers and ensure that they deliver on their service level agreements to make your business run better. The cloud’s scalability is also a major financial advantage, as you only have to pay for the services you actually use.
Using cloud services also enables you to take advantage of opportunities for innovation. For example, you can use reseller programs to offer additional cloud backup options to your customers. This lets you make partnerships with other companies and offer innovative bundles to your customers. This is a good way for your business to use the cloud to quickly test, deliver and refine new customer solutions.
Overall, cloud solutions mean that your business no longer has to support or rely on outdated technology. Cloud software is always up to date and is supported by the provider. Instead of wasting time on tasks that drain your budget, your company’s IT administrators can invest their time on the kind of analysis that will drive growth in your business. By using cloud services, you also have the ability to respond quickly to changes, which makes you more agile and provides you with a competitive edge.