The Covid-19 pandemic has been 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, adapting to any future disruptions is the ideal way for businesses to weather the crisis. Business leaders today need to ask themselves where their organizations are likely to be positioned in the next few years and what technologies might be needed to get where they aim.
The conventional on-premises infrastructure that is typically deployed in most organizations is not well equipped for the future, requiring flexibility and scalability to operate. These traditional systems are also expensive and time-consuming to configure. They also cannot scale quickly when they need it most.
How Cloud Hosting Can Benefit Businesses
Moving infrastructure to the cloud not only provides cost reduction benefits, but also allows businesses to be flexible and scale as needed. To deliver global digital experiences at scale and engage in user-friendly, data-driven programs, businesses must have the ability to scale up and down.
Cloud hosting services are no longer a differentiator, but rather a strategic requirement for long-term business success. Ten years ago, moving to the cloud was only about staying one step ahead, but no more. Now, it’s more about tracking and providing customers and employees with the round-the-clock services they expect. In fact, around 74% of enterprises say the cloud gives them a competitive advantage, and by the end of 2021, experts predict that nearly 83% of enterprise workloads will be moved to the cloud.
A Few Ways Cloud Hosting Can Help Future-Proof Businesses
Instant access to features
When companies keep their software on-premises, whenever new features appear, a manual upgrade is required. The IT team is the one who must have the time and budget to make the necessary changes, often having to plan for downtime that can affect the entire organization. Also, introducing so many new changes at once means a higher chance of introducing new bugs. But with the cloud, new feature releases are as small as a single bug or product enhancement. And if something goes wrong, the change can be easily undone with limited implications. Even new features can be rolled out regularly in small batches, allowing the team to track changes.
The cloud can empower non-technical teams
With the cloud, features like automated scaling, security, and feature upgrades mean that all teams, technical and non-technical, can be nimble and nimble. They can all make quick changes to the process and adopt new features that can optimize their workflows without having to go through lengthy approvals, unnecessary delays, or overloading the IT team alone. Perks have a ripple effect and allow all teams to perform to the best of their abilities.
The cloud simplifies remote work and team collaborations
Cloud hosting solutions are easily accessible from anywhere and anytime with an internet connection. Cloud security was already designed with remote work in mind. About 94% of companies say their organization’s security has improved after moving to the cloud. And the same benefits allow employees to work remotely, making it easier to support distributed teams. The biggest benefit of distributed teams and remote working is that it provides access to a larger pool of talent, both geographically and by opening up positions to candidates who need to work from home for reasons such as a disability. or to take care of a family. member.
The move from physical infrastructure solutions to a cloud hosting server is becoming commonplace, and the need for businesses to respond to accelerating consumer trends due to Covid-19 will further serve to maximize the speed of the transition. For businesses to only survive in the months and years to come in the face of uncertainty, but even thrive and succeed, it is imperative that they consider their long-term plans with cloud-based infrastructure being a critical component. , as this will allow them to be agile and adaptable. to continuous disruptions with the flexibility and scalability that only cloud solutions can provide.
By Dr. Sangeeta Chhabra, MD, RTDS