The fastest growing SMBs have adopted the Cloud as a way to tackle four primary IT Challenges:
High capital costs;
Scalability as the company develops, and;
Innovation as the business matures.
Results are positive. Surveys indicate that:
53 percent of SMB’s using cloud technologies are more likely to experience a rise in revenue.
85% of businesses believe the cloud-enabled their company to scale and grow faster.
Organizations are discovering that Cloud computing offers immediate access to the resources needed to transform their business and enhance customer experience.
Many businesses are still reluctant to make the move to the Cloud despite these benefits. The reluctance to migrate is especially evident in Western Canada, where we’ve seen cloud adoption be approximately 25 percent less than the rest of Canada.
Security is cited as the number one objection to Cloud for 49 percent of associations (IDC 2017). Should you be concerned? The safety investments made by the significant Cloud suppliers is significant and has created cloud platforms in which security breaches, due to vendor error are rare. In fact, the Cloud has turned out to be more protected than many non-cloud environments.
A vital detractor to cloud for customers in Western Canada is the worry that network connectivity will likely be inadequate to deliver the type of reaction time and security that end users are accustomed to. With the significant public Cloud providers located in Eastern Canada, it is understandable that network connectivity options should be well understood before proceeding. Several networking options exist to address the need for high bandwidth, security and connectivity to Cloud, including solutions based in Saskatchewan.
Service availability, including response time and user downtime, is a concern due to the perceived loss of control over the computing environment. To mitigate this concern, public Cloud vendors offer service levels for each of their products with fiscal credits supplied if they aren’t achieved. The robust engineering of the Cloud environment is such that high availability is always achieved. In a worst-case scenario, organizations can further protect critical applications by configuring them to automatically failover to alternate data centers should a Cloud data center go offline.
There is a general perception that services in the Cloud are more costly than in the non-Cloud environment. This is often raised when the comparison between Cloud and non-Cloud platforms doesn’t correctly reflect all the costs which constitute the non-Cloud infrastructure.
Considering all the non-Cloud prices in the table above considered, there’s an almost 50% decrease in support and maintenance costs when the Cloud is selected. When doing a financial comparison or Cloud ROI, it’s also important to take into consideration the increased revenue that will occur as you drive your electronic conversion outcomes using Cloud services.
It can seem daunting when trying to decide how to get started. The ideal place to begin often with consulting a trusted partner with experience in Cloud migrations. Cloud migration requires skill and expertise; often organizations who tackle this transition from themselves find it hard and time-consuming.
If you wish to learn how to get started but aren’t sure where to start, reach out and let us grab a coffee. We can discuss your individual requirements and help define a path forward for your company to embrace all that the Cloud has to offer.