The effects of the pandemic have rapidly increased adoption of cloud services, but organizations at all levels are still struggling to capitalize on them, migrate their legacy systems and effectively manage their clouds, but against a backdrop of chronic scarcity. of skills and need to simplify the complex to make the cloud manageable for organizations of all sizes, an endless list of possibilities endures
So how do you know if your organization is ready to migrate to the cloud?
1. Your IT spending has peaked
There is an upward trend in IT spending that is expected to continue, with Gartner predicting global IT spending to reach $ 4.1 trillion in 2021, an 8.4% increase since 2020. But for many organizations after the pandemic, finding the money to keep meeting IT needs will be difficult. It is therefore important to focus all spending on areas that will generate long-term growth.
By using Microsoft Azure’s open and flexible cloud computing platform, for example, combined with automated migration, you no longer need to bother and buy hardware, or pay for your own hardware needs. data centers like power and cooling. Your IT infrastructure can be operated on a pay-as-you-go basis eliminating all Capex hardware costs, and you can even purchase employee devices on the same pay-as-you-go basis. The short-term costs of migrating to the cloud must be carefully weighed against the long-term savings and increases in efficiency and productivity.
2. Too much time and attention is spent on “keeping the lights on” in your business
60-70% of most IT budgets are spent on maintaining and renewing support contracts. When you factor in the time spent by IT staff maintaining existing infrastructure and business operations, it’s easy to see why this can be a stumbling block for organizations.
Preparing operations for the future of work is one of the defining issues of our time and it is essential to determine where you are spending your money and resources. Outsourcing your IT to a cloud service provider who can manage it for you and uses the latest automated services can save hundreds of man-hours, freeing up your IT staff to focus on more projects. strategic.
3. Safety is a major concern
In a recent survey of over 200 potential customers, Ultima asked about the challenges they face as a result of today’s remote working demands. Almost half (41%) cited security concerns as an issue and 17% cited access to applications. It is this concern that is expected to drive the largest security expense the industry has seen in over a decade.
Automated cloud services provide customers with a dashboard that centralizes information to show what’s happening in a simplified format across your infrastructure. Patch services can be automated and monitoring is provided 24/7. Not only will this save organizations hundreds of IT hours, but companies that use automated cloud services have a 66% reduction in security incidents.
4. You don’t have a solid disaster recovery plan
41% of organizations have not tested their IT disaster recovery solution in the past six months or are unsure if it has already been tested, exposing them to dire consequences. From an IT perspective, having your operations in the cloud eliminates some of the risk. Your cloud provider or managed service provider will have plans in place to mitigate any disaster and will regularly test the disaster recovery solution, which can be dangerous and complex during a full test.
The latest automated disaster recovery solutions will test your disaster recovery autonomously and include security protection and non-disruptive testing of virtual machines. As disaster recovery solutions are integrated in the cloud, costs are significantly reduced compared to on-premises disaster recovery solutions because you are just paying for the services you use.
5. Productivity is limited by network speed
Time is money and every minute that your network is not functioning at its peak costs your business revenue and profit. It also costs your employees morale when they can’t do their jobs well. If you are dealing with an underperforming network, performance and staff collaboration, data collection, and customer engagement will all be negatively affected.
By switching to a cloud-based infrastructure, you will have access to the latest technologies and create a more resilient infrastructure. Automation technologies also mean that these networks can be monitored and managed much more efficiently, creating efficiencies throughout the organization and reducing costs. The focus can be on innovation and integration; which is the most valuable currency for any business.
Migrating networks to the cloud has a multitude of benefits, but if your organization encounters any of the above challenges, those benefits could be even greater. The latest cloud technologies have the power to help you secure your revenue and reputation around the clock, deliver immediate efficiency and productivity gains, and lower costs.
About the Author
Scott Dodds has worked in the European IT industry for 33 years and held leadership positions in EMEA and the UK at VMware, Microsoft, Acer and Compaq, before joining Ultima Business Solutions in October 2015. The teams at sales and marketing dollars as well as management of business operations and planning functions. His vast experience spans all customer segments, from the world’s largest companies to mid-sized businesses and SMEs.
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