The Covid-19 pandemic has served as a serious wake-up call for businesses around the world. In an unpredictable and uncertain future of turbulent events like pandemics and other natural calamities, being adaptive to any future disruptions is the ideal way for companies to navigate through the crisis. Present day business leaders need to ask themselves where their organizations will likely be placed in the next few years, and what technologies may be required to get where they aim to reach.
The conventional on-premises infrastructure that is typically deployed in most organizations is not well-equipped for a future, which requires flexibility and scale to function in. these traditional systems are also costly and time-consuming to setup. They also cannot scale quickly when needed the most.
Ways in which cloud hosting can benefit businesses
Moving infrastructure to the cloud does not only offer cost-saving benefits but also enables companies to be flexible and scale up as and when required. To deliver digital experiences globally on a large scale, and embark on data-driven customer-friendly programs, companies must have the flexibility to scale up and down.
Cloud hosting services are no longer a differentiator, rather they are a strategic requirement for long-term business success. A decade back, moving to the cloud was only for staying ahead of the curve, but no more. Now it’s more to do with keeping up and offering customers and employees with round-the-clock services that they expect. In fact, about 74% of businesses say cloud gives them a competitive advantage, and by late 2021, experts predict that nearly 83% of companies’ workload will be transferred to the cloud.
Some ways in which cloud hosting can help future proof businesses
Instant Access to Features
When businesses keep their software on-premises, each time any new features pop-up, a manual upgrade is needed. The IT team is the one that has to have the time and budget to make the necessary changes, often having to schedule downtime which can affect the entire organization. Also, introducing so many new changes at once means a greater chance of introducing new bugs. But with cloud, new feature releases are as small as a single bug or product enhancement. And if something goes wrong, the change can be easily rolled back with limited implications. Even new features can be rolled out regularly in small batches, making it convenient for the team to keep track of the changes.
Cloud Can Empower Non-Technical Teams
With cloud, features such as automated scaling, security and feature upgrades mean all teams, tech and non-tech both, can be nimble and agile. They can all make quick changes to the process and adopt new features that can maximise their workflows without having to go through lengthy approvals, unnecessary delays or overburdening the IT team alone. The benefits have a ripple effect and empower all teams to perform to the best of their ability.
Cloud Simplifies Remote Work and Team Collaborations
Cloud hosting solutions are easily accessible from anywhere and anytime with an internet connection. Cloud security has already been built with remote work in mind. About 94% of businesses say that their organization’s security became better after they shifted to the cloud. And the same benefits allow employees to work remotely making it easy to support distributed teams. The biggest advantage of distributed teams and remote work is that it gives access to a larger talent pool, both geographically as well as by opening up positions for those candidates who need to work from home for reasons such as disability or to take care of a family member.
The shift from physical infrastructure solutions to a cloud hosting server is becoming commonplace, and the need for businesses to respond to the acceleration in consumer trends due to Covid-19 will further serve to maximise the speed of the transition. For businesses to only survive the forthcoming months and years if uncertainty, but even thrive and be successful, it is imperative that they envision their long-term plans with cloud-based infrastructure being a vital part as that will enable them to be agile and adaptable to the ongoing disruptions with the flex and scale only cloud solutions can provide.
By Dr Sangeeta Chhabra, MD, RTDS