If you haven’t made the move to Azure cloud, what’s stopping you? Many businesses either have moved or are starting to and I can tell you the top 6 reasons that are driving businesses to the cloud.
1. Business Growth – Are you experiencing new growth in your current sectors or looking into new sectors for your business? For those who are in the cloud, they saw the reasons for adopting the new cloud technologies and are already taking advantage of the business drivers discussed here. Think about how the cloud can help you, but don’t jump in with two feet. Plan or outline how the cloud can help your business; planning helps avoid cost overruns.
2. Efficiency – You can streamline processes, increase productivity, as well as deliver, both internally and externally, much faster.
3. Experience – The cloud gives you the opportunity to improve your customer and employee experience. You can deploy new technologies quickly and it gives you more of a landscape to offer new areas of engagement with existing clientele, or for new clients.
4. Agility – The flexibility of Azure public cloud will give you improved responsiveness from your internal departments, IT folks and internal consultants you may work with. You’ll also get Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies and you can spin up quicker solutions to help enable your workforce to get things done faster. And if you make a mistake, you’re not stuck with a software license purchase for years; simply swap out for a technology that’s a better fit.
5. Cost – Many have concerns about overspending. One misconception is that you’ll automatically cut costs. This is often not the case. Oftentimes, you’ll need to restructure you’re spending budgets. The good news is you’ll be spreading those costs out over time. You’re moving into a subscription model, so you’re only paying for what you’re using. You can buy what you need for service, turn off the service when you’re not using it but only use it as it works most effectively for your business.
6. Assurance – You’ll now know you have a ‘best in class’ infrastructure and much of the maintenance for your servers that IT had to take care of will be drastically reduced. Security takes a different approach. Everything is secure and on by default, like data or storage encryption, so you’ll have to go in manually to turn them off.
You can also rest assured knowing that Microsoft has already met most regulatory and policy requirements, allowing you to continue to move forward and offer more to your customers, regardless of what space they’re in.