The procurement of cloud products is continuing to rise. No longer held back by security concerns, Gartner recently announced that more than $1.3 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to the cloud by 2022, but why are organisations across the UK choosing to use and adopt the cloud?
Purchasing and managing on-premise hardware can be costly. The cloud removes this burden, as typically, charges are on a per user basis reducing upfront costs.
Some vendors take this further by offering innovative pricing strategies such as active user licencing, which means only paying for those who use the software. Also, with no hardware to manage, your time can be spent on more important tasks.
If improving collaboration isn’t a priority for your organisation, it should be. A recent study found that companies promoting collaborative working were 5 times more likely to be high performing.
How can the cloud help? It allows project teams to view, share and collaborate in one secure, online workspace, without the issues that come with email such as lost conversations and multiple versions of documents.
When organisations need to move quickly, a solution taking weeks to implement just won’t cut it. Not only can cloud solutions be up and running in hours, it also makes it easy for you to scale user numbers up and down quickly to meet business’ demands.
Who has the best security credentials? Cloud v on-premise. This debate has been raging for many years. Both have their advantages. But what you may not have considered, is most cloud service providers will implement and manage IT security controls better than internal IT departments.
Automated software updates
Time, effort and money are all required to manage on-premise software updates. But with evergreen technology, these are done automatically by the vendor. This also ensures that everyone within the organisation is using the same version of the software.
Work from anywhere
With 50% of the UK workforce expected to work remotely by 2020, organisations need to adapt to this change in working habits or risk being left behind.
The cloud can help with this transition. Because you can login anytime, anywhere with an internet connection, you can empower your staff to be productive on the move, anywhere, anytime, on any device.
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