With cloud-based solutions, companies have extraordinary opportunities to transform their business. Through cloud computing, companies can re-imagine complex business processes, streamline core operational areas, leverage new internal and external partnerships by removing system-based silos, shift staff resources and scale up with ease.
It’s heady stuff. Yet for companies that take full advantage of the strengths of cloud computing, the changes can be revolutionary.
Let’s look at some of the ways cloud computing is improving systems management for companies large and small.
Cloud computing gives you increased agility through its on-demand, multi-device self-service. This agile functionality allows companies to deploy resources more quickly and share information rapidly, often in real time. This agility lets companies innovate, allowing new products and services to come to bear faster.
In many organizations, systems and people are stuck in silos. Data is collected and stored in disparate file types and formats with different functionalities and little integration. By using cloud computing, massive amounts of data can be stored in the same system. Staff in different areas can access, analyze and use the same data sets. This functionality opens up new opportunities for collaboration, particularly among business units that previously did not.
Re-imagine business processes
With cloud computing, companies can explore new business processes; reconsider the way that back-office functions, such as finance, receivables, resource acquisition, and R&D work; eliminate manual steps and redundancies. Often these processes lead to new products and services that generate new revenue streams.
Scale the business
As companies grow and evolve, there is often a need to scale up or scale down certain systems. Using cloud-based resources, both types of scaling are far easier. In many cases, certain systems can be adjusted automatically to respond to needed scaling, without human intervention. Time needed for change implementation can be reduced from weeks or months to days or hours.
Improved IT provisioning
Internal IT offices are not incentivized to innovate. Without competition, the drive is often not there to seek out new ideas and products. Entropy can set in as IT staffs focus on “what works” and resisting change. Yet, many organizations rely deeply on IT expertise. In the hyper-competitive world of cloud computing, knowledge barriers are removed, reducing the need for internal IT resources.
By storing data and accessing software in the cloud, your data are protected. Cloud-based computing uses complex, multilayered security protocols that keep data secured from virtual or physical threats.
In the case of a natural disaster, fire, vandalism or theft, there’s a significant risk of disruption or destruction of businesses. Not with the cloud. With data, systems, and software stored in offsite servers, built-in redundancy and automated backups, businesses can be salvaged. In many cases, business functions can be temporarily or permanently restored from satellite or home locations, keeping businesses running.
Cloud computing provides enhanced functionality and opportunity. Businesses can improve efficiency, reduce expenses, find new revenue sources, and empower and engage employees differently. For more information on how to leverage cloud computing and improve operations in your organization, download the NexTec Corporate Overview Brochure.
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