What You Should Know About Moving Your Business to the Cloud and the Benefits of Making the Switch

Read on to learn about the security advantages and migration techniques of cloud-based tools. You may have heard a lot about the benefits of the cloud, but do you know why—or how—it can help elevate your business?

Businesses around the world are rushing toward cloud adoption. Here are the top reasons why:

  1. Cloud-based applications are here to stay
  2. Security is no longer a top concern
  3. Adoption happens at your own pace
  4. Employees still use the tools their familiar with
  5. Added benefits like scalability

From security advantages and organizational control of data to ease of use and increased agility, cloud-based tools can bring your business to the next level.

In fact, by transitioning to a cloud environment, your workplace can take advantage of: file access anywhere online; secure data backups; real-time communication; and business intelligence.

1. Cloud-based applications are here to stay

The cloud market is expected to pass $500 billion by 2020 (Source 1).

Adoption is growing is among businesses. Where 72% of businesses had at least one application in the cloud in 2015, a 15% increase from 2012 (Source 2).

2. Security comes standard

As cloud technology improves, security fears lessen.

In a survey of enterprise IT managers, security is no longer ranked as the number  one concern when it comes to cloud computing (Source 3).

Enterprise IT managers who have rated cloud security as a significant challenge:

56% of organisations reported storing sensitive or confidential data in the cloud in 2016 (Source 4).

One of the biggest advantages of moving to the public cloud is the security team that comes with it. By moving to an enterprise-level public cloud, you’ll experience: scale; intelligence; and automation.

Scale – A public cloud will always be large enough to store and secure your data.

Intelligence – Public clouds monitor for millions of threats. As soon as one is detected on one customer tenant, the cloud provider can mitigate the attack across all other tenants.

Automation – Less human touch results in fewer mistakes and fewer opportunities for security breaches or insider threats.

“We’re also saving money by moving to the cloud. We get a steady stream of new capabilities for a reasonable monthly subscription with no expensive upgrades.” (Lise Fournel Sr. VP and CIO, Air Canada)

3. Move at your own pace

Cloud migration does not need to happen all at once, and it’s recommended to migrate to the cloud over time with a hybrid approach—the combination of an on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services.

On average in 2015, businesses were simultaneously experimenting with and running data on 3 public clouds and 3 private clouds (Source 3).

4. Using the cloud doesn’t mean new tools

Moving to a cloud-based solution doesn’t have to mean retraining employees. Many solutions allow you to use the same applications your employees are used to, with access to files anywhere online. Office365 is a perfect example where users can continue to use the familiar Microsoft Office applications with the additional benefits that Office365 will provide them.

“Today, all our employees use the same cloud productivity services to erase the geographical barriers to effective teamwork across the company.” Anders Munck Enterprise Architect, Carlsberg Group

5. The sky’s the limit

Cloud adopters see various benefits from their technology, although businesses’ top-cited benefits in 2016 include (Source 3):

  • Faster access to infrastructure – 62%
  • Greater scalability – 58%
  • Increased availability – 52%

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Smile IT have assisted many businesses in transitioning to a cloud environment allowing them to take advantage of file access anywhere and anytime, secure data backups, real-time communication and business intelligence.

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Still have concerns about moving to the cloud? Read this eBook published by Microsoft which debunks some of the myths about working in the cloud when considering Office365. This eBook will teach you about:

  • How the cloud can help you reduce headaches and time maintaining hardware.
  • How cloud storage is actually safer than on-premise.
  • How cloud technology and cloud solutions can increase employee productivity.
  • Advantages of cloud computing and how it allows you to spend less time on software updates and more time building your business.

SOURCES:

This information was originally posted on the Microsoft Blog.

  • Source 1 – Report: Cloud Market Cap to Pass $500 Billion by 2020, Forbes, Alex Konrad
  • Source 2 – Cloud: The Technology Powerhouse, IDG Enterprise, 2015
  • Source 3 –  State of the Cloud Report, RightScale, 2016
  • Source 4 – 2016 Global Encryption Trends Study, The Ponemon Institute and Thales e-Security, February 2016
  • Source 5 – Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Office 365, Forrester, August 2015