While some businesses are still hesitant to host their programs on cloud servers, the benefits provided by the technology will help improve efficiency, productivity and the bottom line
Many organizations have already begun the migration to cloud services to provide a better platform for employees to access applications. The cloud has a variety of capabilities that companies can leverage for future growth and scalability, however security is still a concern for numerous adopters. While some businesses are still hesitant to host their programs on cloud servers, the benefits provided by the technology will help improve efficiency, productivity and the bottom line.
Cloud services have numerous advantages due to the wide array of applications that can be fulfilled on the platform. The cloud automates processes and drives better communication across the organization. InfoWorld’s Andrew Oliver recently discussed various programs and procedures that could be run through the cloud for better efficiency. Some organizations may choose to put training videos in their cloud hosting platform to cover safety and procedures for new hires. The cloud would allow these large files to be stored outside of business hardware, allowing businesses to more efficiently utilize their on-premise infrastructure.
The most obvious benefit to cloud services is the ability to have easier file sharing and project management. Businesses typically like programs that are fast and allow employees to handle more work throughout the day. Cloud does this by hosting applications that will show real-time edits. This eliminates the chance of staff missing information or having outdated document versions. The cloud platform would also allow businesses to use tools for watching project progress and ensuring that the tasks meet the necessary deadlines. While these processes can be integrated easily, Oliver noted that some things like telecommunications, databases and load testing will need more planning and strategizing to move to the cloud.
Choosing the cloud
Private, public and hybrid cloud environments can provide numerous advantages to the communications infrastructure as well as the overall performance of an organization. UCStrategies contributor Goran Velickovski noted that converting to the cloud would eliminate disruptive changes in technology by providing work behind the scenes that would continually optimize the cloud for business performance.
“With your communications in the cloud, you simply tell the provider what needs to be done and changes are performed as rapidly as you’ve specified in your service level agreements,” Velickovski wrote. “You can request MACs (moves, adds, changes) with a single phone call or email – oftentimes with no additional work required on the part of yourself or your staff. Which, of course, frees you and your staff to spend time focused on strategic priorities, not on infrastructure management.”
Cloud hosting services also provide the flexibility to expand not only over distance but in the amount of devices and users that can access the system. As the organization grows, the solution must be scalable to allow for additional employees and while providing tools that they can use. With bring your own device influencing personal hardware choices, the cloud has the ability to provide a means to access information no matter what device is used.
There are many decisions associated with cloud services, however, the benefits speak for themselves. The business need for overall better communication can be leverage through the cloud for future success.
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