Is your organization looking to take strides forward in 2020, building on your past successes and achieving bigger and better things? If so, there’s no better place to start than with data center transformation. If you streamline your employees’ approach to accessing data, you’ll make their workflow easier on a daily basis. Do that, and you’re in position to lead your business forward in a major way.
Many business leaders are looking to rewrite the data game plan by moving as much as possible to the cloud. In fact, that’s a trend that’s growing rapidly as we speak. According to Spiceworks’ latest report on cloud adoption, titled “Public Cloud Trends in 2019 and Beyond,” 27% of all business workloads are currently stored on public cloud platforms, and that figure is expected to nearly double to 48% in the next one to two years.
This transformation is taking place at large and small businesses alike – maybe in a previous era, only large enterprises were making the cloud investment, but the technology is now accessible to everyone. And it’s happening across a wide range of workloads, too – companies are moving a lot more than just websites and email servers to the cloud nowadays. Mobile application data, analytics, CRM, and ERP are all among the most popular elements that companies are moving to the cloud. And companies aren’t just moving over their old data, either – in many cases, they’re going the extra mile and designing “born in the cloud” infrastructure models that don’t require
Having said all of this, there are still some IT leaders who wonder: Why now? Taking the plunge into the cloud requires a significant investment of your time and IT resources. It’s easy to procrastinate and let your digital transformation plans slide for another year.
Except you shouldn’t.
Here are four reasons why.
- Improving data access: One of the cloud’s major benefits is it makes your data easier to access, no matter where you are or what device you’re using. That’s why 42% of respondents polled by Spiceworks identified “providing access to data anywhere” as a key reason to make the switch now.
- Preparing for disaster recovery: What happens if a cyberattack or natural disaster makes it difficult to access your essential files? In that event, you’ll want to have backups handy, and the cloud can help with that. “Enhancing disaster recovery capabilities” is a driver for 38% of cloud adopters, per Spiceworks.
- Bringing flexibility to work: The cloud makes work more convenient for everyone, whether they’re in the office, at home, or on the road. Workers aren’t tethered to their desktops anymore – and that’s why 37% of cloud-bound organizations tabbed “enabling more flexibility” as one of their reasons.
- Making life easier for IT: Your IT staff receives countless helpdesk requests that involve accessing or working with data. Why not streamline them all? This is a real possibility, and it’s why 36% of companies say “reducing support burden on IT staff” is a benefit of moving to the cloud.
Are you convinced? If so, then take the next steps to figure out your cloud migration game plan. At Zones, we can help make that happen – we offer a Cloud Assessment that’s designed to size up your current data infrastructure and figure out how you can transfer it to the cloud optimally. We can also offer cloud governance workshops to help your IT staff manage your new cloud infrastructure going forward. When done right, a cloud transition can help reduce costs, restructure workloads, and take your company’s productivity to the next level. Connect with us, and we’ll guide you through all of that and more.
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