Cloud-using businesses must look at the bigger picture

With the cloud at hand, businesses are able to speed up individual processes significantly – so why are so few harnessing its full power?

The cloud has many assets, but the biggest is undoubtedly flexibility. Businesses that would’ve once been forced to wait months before starting projects while they arranged the appropriate servers can now get going in weeks, or even days. It’s all simple as well; with managed solutions, it’s easy to see where money is being spent and how it’s benefiting the particular job in hand.

It could be argued, however, that many businesses aren’t thinking big enough with their use of the cloud. Instead of just relying on this revolutionary technology to speed up micro projects, they should allow it to assist in the evolution of the organisation as a whole.

It’s normal for businesses to move data to the cloud during a big move, but data shows that around a quarter of a million are still using Windows Server 2003 with just months left until it reaches end of life. It’s not crazy to suggest that there are still firms using Word 2003 as well, despite the fact that no support of any kind has been provided by Microsoft since April.

In a world where enterprises face constant battles with cyber-criminals, this kind of delay shouldn’t be accepted, especially when cloud services make it so easy to move forward. As well as being cost-effective in most situations, providers tend to require ongoing support. This is essential seeing as the platforms steadily evolve over time, constantly keeping up with the changing needs of the organisations that use them.

Put simply, the longer businesses leave it to put the cloud at the very heart of their operations, the more difficult it’ll be to continue making progress at any kind of pace.

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