I would like to thank one of my readers for asking me what are the 3 greatest reasons a business should move to the cloud. I have discussed both the benefits and disadvantages of cloud adoption, but it is time to bring some perspective on the matter from the point of view of those who have not yet moved to the cloud.
Obviously, each business has its own priorities and decides what is important, so it is quite a challenge to come up with some criteria that would apply in all situations. However, this is the nature of cloud computing, its characteristics are universally beneficial.
I believe that all businesses could benefit from the advantages below, making it the top 3 greatest reasons for any business to move to the cloud.
- Cost: The economic crisis is forcing all businesses to reduce expenses, so this seems to be the most important reason for adopting cloud technologies. There are no upfront investments for hardware and there is the great advantage of only paying for what you use. Cloud computing saves time and money and will also give your business a competitive advantage. Here is an example of how I reduced operational expenses by 30%.
- On demand utility: Cloud computing will bring to your business both the efficiency and the flexibility needed in an ever changing economic environment. It will allow you to focus on your product, processes and services, instead of dealing with IT problems. If your business has specific usage patterns and you only need high resources during limited periods of time, cloud computing is the perfect solution for this type of challenge.
- Future: I already said that cloud computing is a safe bet for the future. Also, spending on cloud computing technologies will increase 200% by 2015 according to this study. The IT industry, along with software development, is fundamentally changing to adapt to the new technologies. It is time to embrace the future.
What about you? What are the top 3 reasons for your company to move to the cloud?
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