The cloud is fast becoming necessary for businesses in a world governed by data. According to new statistics, by 2021 at least 50% of the global GDP will be digitalised, with growth in every industry driven by digitally enhanced offerings, operations and relationships . Cloud has emerged as a strategic enabler for organisations of all sizes, and by now there are few IT decision-makers who aren’t at least aware of the cloud, or the opportunities it creates. Awareness however, doesn’t always mean understanding, and there are still concerns and questions that remain unanswered.
Businesses have long relied on technology to stay ahead of the competition and it has enabled organisations to streamline, innovate and compete. To thrive, organisations need to be constantly learning and reinventing themselves, innovating with better methods, services and products than their competitors. In order to successfully implement this level of innovation, organisations require an agile environment that supports the pace of fast-changing business needs, allowing for more flexibility and efficiency than is offered by traditional methods.
Many businesses are already on some kind of cloud journey, or at the very least seriously considering it. Eighty-five per cent of customers today are now beyond the discovery phase, having implemented some form of cloud offering to their enterprise . However, the shift is still emerging, and its potential is huge. Less than fifteen per cent of businesses have reached broad implementation, meaning that we will continue to see significant change in how businesses compete.
The surge in cloud adoption allows organisations to move away from the manual efforts, processes and procedures of traditional networks. Simply put, cloud embraces the efficiencies of automation so that IT can better support business needs in an increasingly connected world. But the question is – how do you get there?
Today customers are faced with a lot of choice, and the journey to the cloud may appear ever more complex. While no two journeys are identical, and no two businesses even begin from the same place, picking the one that’s right for your organisation is crucial to long-term success.
Cloud is not the future, it’s already here, and at Cogeco Peer 1 we work with various enterprises globally on their journey, helping them unlock the potential of their business by designing, building and managing hybrid IT solutions. Migrations to the cloud are rarely simple, one cloud won’t fit all, but one service provider can. By evaluating the structure and needs of your company, it’s possible to find the best fit for your business. The sooner that organisations adopt cloud technology properly, the better positioned they are in today’s increasingly competitive business climate.
For more details on designing your own unique journey to the cloud, download the ‘Your Cloud, Your Business’ e-book here.
 IDC 2018
 Cogeco Peer 1 ‘Your Cloud, Your Business’ e-book 2018; Inc. 5000