Is now the right time to move to the cloud?
With 2017 just around the corner, year-end is often the perfect time to reevaluate your business processes and assess your technology needs. Arguably one of the biggest questions facing leaders is the state of their business critical systems.
Is this the year you finally leave on-premises servers and software behind?
It certainly isn’t a new question, but in late 2016, it’s one you need to be seriously weighing.
The cloud and SaaS-based business solutions – like NetSuite ERP, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce CRM, Office 365, and the Azure platform – have been gaining massive market share over the past few years, with SMB adoption predicted to reach 80% by 2020. Why? Because cloud technologies are designed specifically for you – the user – and today’s modern pace of business. Combine that with its proven ability to save your business time, money, and resources, it’s no wonder why the cloud market is growing 28% annually and at the center of this year’s robust M&A activity.
But with all of that, many businesses are still leery of leaving the comfort of their legacy systems. Rather than focusing on the pitfalls of dated technology, we’re here to explain why you shouldn’t be so cautious of the cloud. In fact, in our increasingly connected and always-on digital world, we’d argue that cloud technology is the answer for modern business.
You hear this one a lot, but that’s because it’s true. New technology will always be more efficient than old, dated systems. “New” is where innovation lives.
Cloud technology enables your business to be more productive, more mobile, more flexible, and more secure all while offering the latest and greatest in features and functionality.
Traditional legacy systems require timely and expensive upgrades to get the latest version of software, meaning you’re running on outdated technology unless you set aside the time and money to install. A major benefit of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions is their regular update cycles, which download seamlessly throughout the year as part of your subscription. From new features, improved security, and user experience enhancements, you’re running your business the most efficiently in the cloud.
Many business leaders believe this argument to be false because – upfront – the cost of the cloud is higher than traditional software. What they forget to consider, however, is what’s lying beneath the surface.
Similar to an iceberg, the majority of a legacy tool’s “mass” is beneath the surface.
On-premises systems need servers to run. This means that on top of the cost for the software licenses, you also need to purchase, house, manage, and often configure a slew of servers just to use your business solution. Factor in maintenance costs and IT resources, regular upgrades to keep the servers up-to-date, repairs, backups, and expanding storage needs, and that price tag for your legacy system doesn’t look so great anymore.
The cloud, on the other hand, eliminates the need for on-site servers and all their associated expenses. They are less complex and truly cost less over time.
Not only do cloud solutions cost less over the lifetime of the tool, but they are also quicker to deploy in your business. Without the hassle of servers and configuring each workstation, you can cut valuable time and resources from your implementation to start seeing results faster.
With an experienced solution partner, your business can implement, customize, train, and migrate your business critical data in a few short weeks to a couple months with cloud solutions. The quick turnaround and timely deployment without the IT hassle mean you start reaping the benefits and value of your new solution faster.
Chances are you’re not an expert in security and disaster recovery. With the cloud, you don’t need to be.
Your data is protected by leading industry professionals in top-of-the-line, world-class data centers, which is more than you can probably say about that locked room full of your servers right now. You can rest assured that you can be fully operational in the event of a disaster – be that an earthquake or a building fire – with reliable, redundant data management in the cloud. And, if you’re in a highly regulated industry, you can trust your data security will meet federal compliance and audit standards.
Traditional on-premises systems need additional servers or a VPN connection in order to support mobile or multi-office environments, which are often clunky or just plain unusable on smartphones or personal tablets. But with the cloud, you can enable your team to be operational anywhere they have an internet connection across all their devices.
At the airport, in the coffee shop, or from the road, today’s offices aren’t made of four walls. Cloud technology knows this and has built business solutions that enable the true scalability and flexibility needed for modern business success. The ability to access information and collaborate with your team in real-time increases productivity, reduces frustration, and improves your business’s overall performance.
Do more with less – faster, more secure, and from anywhere.
Sounds like five pretty solid reasons to us.
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