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Cloud computing, which is defined as the delivery of IT resources and applications, continues rising in popularity. In fact, 70% of the responds of a Harvard Business Review survey said they have adopted cloud computing. Despite this, an IDC analysis shows that some people still hesitate to adopt cloud software. This is mainly because numerous cloud software operate on public networks, which causes a fear of losing proprietary information among its users. However, there are countless benefits to using cloud services. Will these be enough?
What concerns do people have?
Security concerns are one of the major reasons why some companies stay away from cloud computing. In fact, people are scared of being hacked and have difficulty in trusting public networks. It is quite understandable that companies worry about this issue. However, there are ways to remain protected against security threats.
In addition, another reason why larger companies hesitate to adopt clouds is that they do not believe in the ability of these to deliver the desired performance. According to these companies, there are missing links between external storages and the wide area network (WAN), and since network connectivity is the basis of an organization’s cloud effort, this can be an important issue. In fact, corporations require a strong network infrastructure; therefore, the latter has to be more than an Internet-only network access.
Benefits of cloud computing
There are many reasons why companies should consider cloud services in their application delivery model. On of these reasons is the fact that they have the ability to tie everything together through the Internet without needing to download anything to a particular device. In many cases, software is accessible through a web-browser instead of needing to be located on a user’s device. This means clients can access their software from any of their device rapidly. They also benefit from having updates pushed to them.
Cloud computing enables infrastructure scalability. In fact, cloud services have the ability to adapt to changing amounts of work. As a result, it becomes easier to upscale or downscale a company’s IT resources, which accelerates some processes such as the proof-of-concept or the data analytics functions that are necessary for many business initiatives for product launches or online marketing.
Another benefit cloud computing offers is better business agility, which is a business’ ability to respond efficiently to changes in its environment. This can take the form of many improvements or results in a company, such as being more profitable, retaining more employees, reducing costs, etc. Results from the Global Technology Adoption Index 2015 survey indicate that the top three cloud benefits related to efficiency that users perceive are cost savings (42%), getting things done fast (40%), and better allocation of IT resources (38%).
- Up to 70 percent of the IT managers surveyed said that they will spend up to one fifth of their budgets on mobility;
- 78.6% of businesses worldwide indicate usage of or interest in cloud computing for their business; (Research from IDC Sponsored by Microsoft)
- IDC predicts that 70% of CIOS will shift to a “cloud first” strategy by 2016;
- In 2015, 55% of organizations indicated usage of more than one type of cloud (Dell Commissioned Research);
As you see, many companies have assessed the benefits and the competitive advantage they would get by using cloud services. Improvements of business processes and operations within a company will inevitably follow the implementation of clouds.
At Cimpl, our experience with mobility, telecom, and IT management allows us to help companies to rationalize and optimize their cloud services. Cimpl, our signature software, allows enterprise managers to take control of their assets and expenses. In fact, our product will help you keep track of everything your company owns and consequently will help you better manage your IT budget.