Computers have been changing the business world since they first hit the market. The transformations in the past 100 years have been vast, and the digital transformation is increasing in pace and scope as computing capabilities improve.
Businesses have discovered how to drive digital transformation through cloud computing.
As businesses began to see the need to move from mainframes and single machines working to process data and perform tasks, large data centers were deployed to help them access the computing power they needed on demand. Once the power of these types of computing solutions became evident, companies shifted from seeing the cloud as one potential option to seeing the cloud as the option for many services. The number of businesses using cloud infrastructure grew more than 35% in 2019,1 and the growth is projected to continue at an astounding 23% per year through 2027.2
The question is no longer will we use the cloud. Rather, it is how will we use the cloud next.
Benefits of the Cloud for Digital Transformation
One of the main benefits of cloud computing is the ability to scale and change as needed when your business grows.
2020 gave us a great example of how cloud computing can benefit businesses. When the pandemic hit, many businesses had to transform quickly to allow for remote work, as office locations for non-essential businesses were not allowed to open. Without access to the cloud for data processing, phone service, and other mission-critical services, remote workers would have been hamstrung and working at only partial capacity.
As the world calms down, your business may be looking at how to support at least part of your staff remaining remote, which will require ongoing investments in both on- and off-premise technologies and cloud-based services. You may also be looking at how to improve efficiency with current processes and use the cloud for some of the legacy services you are outgrowing.
Challenges of Cloud Computing
When you move systems off premises, security can be one of the greatest concerns. You will need to ensure that your chosen cloud service providers affirm that they meet or exceed the security requirements of your field, whether it is a highly regulated field such as healthcare or finance, or a less-regulated one such as construction or manufacturing.
Cost can also be a big concern, as adding services or expanding them in small pay-as-you-go increments can pack a hefty price tag. As you increase your services, work with your vendors to ensure that you continue to get the best value for your cloud investment.
Cloud can be a big change, so lack of in-house expertise is also a concern. Make sure your team has great support from all of your cloud vendors and that they are taking the time to attend relevant trainings and increase their cloud knowledge on an ongoing basis.
Transform Your Company With the Cloud
When you’re ready to drive digital transformation through cloud computing, learn more about our hybrid cloud solutions. We offer state-of-the-art security, excellent support, and customizable technologies to meet your needs.
1. “Gartner Says Worldwide IaaS Public Cloud Services Market Grew 37.3% in 2019,” https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2020-08-10-gartner-says-worldwide-iaas-public-cloud-services-market-grew-37-point-3-percent-in-2019
2. “Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Market Statistics – 2027, ” https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/infrastructure-as-a-service-IAAS-market