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Why Companies are Moving to Cloud​

 

Why Move To The Cloud? 10 Benefits of Cloud Computing:

Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people access to the same kinds of applications through the internet.

When you update your Facebook status, you’re using cloud computing. Checking your bank balance on your phone? You’re in the cloud again. Chances are you rely on cloud computing to solve the challenges faced by small businesses, whether you’re firing off emails on the move or using a bunch of apps to help you manage your workload.

In short, cloud is fast becoming the new normal. By the end of 2015 it’s estimated that 90% of UK businesses will be using at least one cloud service.

Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud? It’s because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits…Check out ten of the best below.

Already familiar with the benefits of Cloud Computing? Why not download our e-book ‘How to Jumpstart your Journey to the Cloud‘ now and get started today.

 

  1. Flexibility

Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is baked into the service. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors – it’s not surprising that CIOs and IT Directors rank ‘operational agility’ as a top driver for cloud adoption.

  1. Disaster recovery

Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more an ideal than the reality. Cloud is now helping more organizations buck that trend. According to Aberdeen Group, small businesses are twice as likely as larger companies to have implemented cloud-based backup and recovery solutions that save time, avoid large up-front investment and roll up third-party expertise as part of the deal.

3. Automatic software updates

The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. Leaving you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.

4. Capital-expenditure Free

Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your cash flow. Add to that the ease of setup and management and suddenly your scary, hairy IT project looks at lot friendlier. It’s never been easier to take the first step to cloud adoption.

5. Increased collaboration

When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations.

6. Work from anywhere

With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you’ve got to hand.

The result? Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them – without productivity taking a hit. One study reported that 42% of workers would swap a portion of their pay for the ability to telecommute. On average they’d be willing to take a 6% pay cut.

7. Document control

The more employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for watertight document control. Before the cloud, workers had to send files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by one user at a time. Sooner or later – usually sooner – you end up with a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles.

And as even the smallest companies become more global, the scope for complication rises. According to one study, “73% of knowledge workers collaborate with people in different time zones and regions at least monthly”.

When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees one version of the truth. Greater visibility means improved collaboration, which ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line. If you’re still relying on the old way, it could be time to try something a little more streamlined.

8. Security

Lost laptops are a billion dollar business problem. And potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit is the loss of the sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this happens. Because your data is stored in the cloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your machine. And you can even remotely wipe data from lost laptops so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

9. Competitiveness

Wish there was a simple step you could take to become more competitive? Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, for everyone. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys, and disrupt the market, while remaining lean and nimble. David now packs a Goliath-sized punch.

10. Environmentally friendly

While the above points spell out the benefits of cloud computing for your business, moving to the cloud isn’t an entirely selfish act. The environment gets a little love too. When your cloud needs fluctuate, your server capacity scales up and down to fit. So you only use the energy you need and you don’t leave oversized carbon footprints. This is something close to our hearts at Salesforce, where we try our best to create sustainable solutions with minimal environmental impact.

Not moved to the cloud yet?

Any three of the above benefits would be enough to convince many businesses to move their business into the cloud. But when you add up all ten? It’s approaching no-brainer territory.

This is why Salesforce pioneered enterprise cloud computing. From CRM to marketing automation, all of our solutions are entirely cloud-based.

If you feel ready for those advantages, and more, grab this free Jumpstart Your Journey to the Cloud e-book today.

Why Large Companies Are Moving to the cloud? 

Most finance professionals acknowledge the inevitability of moving to the cloud. For most, it’s just a question of when, the type of cloud (private, public or hybrid) and the method of migration.  But not all segments of the market are moving at the same pace.  Indeed there are signs that the market is bifurcating.

One the one hand are SME’s with less than 1,000 employees, which unencumbered by legacy technology, are moving rapidly to the cloud to take advantage of the convenience of having a third party run their IT and the promise of lower cost.  On the other hand are larger companies who are motivated to move to the cloud by a different set of advantages. (Stuck in the middle are mid-sized enterprises who are handicapped by the twin perils of complex infrastructures and lack of resources to do anything about it).

For large companies (>5,000 employees) the motives for moving to the cloud are somewhat different from the rest of the market.  In the main, they have dedicated in-house IT resources and with large IT budgets can consider a variety of cloud and non-cloud strategies. But it is the so-called “agility” of the cloud that appears to be the decisive factor. It’s a view supported by a late 2014 study by IDG (quoted in Forbes), which says that the ability to get up and running quickly with cloud-based applications (39%) is the most popular reason why enterprises are transitioning to the cloud.

A Harvard Business Review analytic services survey, in March 2014, found that 54% of respondents in $5billion turnover businesses reported that cloud technology had transformed their organizations. Businesses that are globally deployed can use the immediacy of the cloud (the ability to switch it on or off) and its scalability (the ability to upsize or downsize on-demand) to support rapid operational or even strategic change.

Large companies are not accustomed to being able to move quickly.  In the past, they have been dragged down by immovable and inflexible IT infrastructures.  But the cloud has given them a new lease of life and a nimbleness that one normally associates with ambitious start-ups.

For example, cloud-based performance management applications allow them to roll out, say, a financial close solution to a new acquisition in a matter of days without having to order new hardware or take IT resources away from other projects. Similarly, cloud-based systems can be rapidly deployed to support reorganizations or newly established operations in emerging markets.

A June 2014 Report by The Aberdeen Group “Cloud Analytics for the Larger Enterprise” points to the speed of information delivery in the cloud as a major advantage. For example, cloud-enterprises, are 58% more likely than other enterprises to be satisfied with the speed of information delivery.  And although cloud adoption of financial applications has historically lagged behind sales and marketing applications in the cloud another 2014 study, “Empowering the Modern Finance Function” by Longitude Research, found that only 17% of large enterprises did not anticipate using the cloud for the close process with 29% already cloud-based and the rest anticipating moving to the cloud over the next 2 years, with only 10% taking 5 or more years.

By contrast, 31% of large enterprises do not intend to move their ERP into the cloud.  Large companies have every incentive to move to the cloud but it seems that they will ‘cherry-pick’ which applications to deploy – not just move for the sake of it. And for the moment, the body of research suggests it is highly collaborative applications such as financial close and budgeting that will benefit the most from being positioned in the cloud.

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