This is an easy one – simple move to the cloud! A cloud platform enables you to mobilize data for better decisions, optimize business processes and innovate faster. It promotes collaboration within the organization—something harder to achieve in an on-premise environment.
The traditional way of planning for growth is to purchase (expensive) additional servers, storage and licences. It can take years before you need that extra capacity, whereas the cloud grows flexibly with your business needs. You can easily scale up if you need more storage space, features or users, and scale back down again if necessary. The initial investment is lower, and you only pay for what you use, making it easier to control costs. Also read: why should I upgrade to the cloud? (FAQ)
In the past, you had to think carefully about growing your business, because it would probably mean a significant investment in your digital infrastructure. The cloud is flexible: you can expand or reduce storage, capacity and computing power as needed. This way, you can easily cope with peak loads and save costs when you make less use of certain services. Besides, you have direct access to the latest technology, allowing you to innovate quickly, respond to market developments and stay ahead of the competition.
Previously, employees could only log on to the local company network from the office. When working in the cloud, every employee has access to company data and customer data, regardless of device or location. Employees don’t have to physically sit together to work, and they can collaborate on documents while having the most recent, up-to-date information at their fingertips.
The cloud means that you no longer have to invest heavily in purchasing, implementing, and maintaining your hard- and software. Instead, you pay periodically for the cloud services you use. Your IT staff also doesn’t have to worry about backups and updates, as these can be performed automatically. These smart people now have time to think about more important issues, for instance digitizing and improving business processes.
Do you still process data in stand-alone systems and applications? When you work in the cloud, you bridge these data silos, and this can provide you with valuable insights. Use sensors to predict when machines need maintenance, track components through the logistics process, replenish your stock on time, and give customers more exact delivery dates. It also becomes easier to track your financial health and KPI’s.