Cloud is a broad term, encompassing everything from email to CRM and file sharing to accountancy. Prime examples include Azure and Office365, but really it’s any service that you log into on the internet.
And the gains you’ll experience when you move to the cloud are numerous too. From boosting productivity to reducing costs and delivering a competitive advantage, businesses of all shapes and sizes are beginning to acknowledge the benefits of the cloud.
Bursting with benefits
As we've already emphasised, a move to the cloud will bring numerous benefits for your business:
- Monthly payment model – meaning there’s no large one-off payment, and you’ll only pay for the resources you use.
- Fully scalable – it’s easy to scale your service around your businesses’ workflow, easily increasing or reducing it as the need arises.
- A flexible solution – increase productivity by allowing your team to access emails and documents, wherever they are.
- An agile approach to business – gain an advantage over your competitors who need to use their IT resources to manage infrastructure.
- Stay up-to-date – with cloud services, you’re always on the latest version without having to install anything on your device.
A solution for every problem
From start-ups to fast-expanding SMEs and large corporates, the joy of the cloud is that you’re able to pick exactly the right services to meet your goals.
- Is your business moving faster than your technology? Cloud services are scalable, meaning they’re ideal if you’re growing quickly.
- Suffering from ageing infrastructure? You'll be amazed at how much a switch to the cloud can transform the way you work.
- Need peace of mind and security? From disaster recovery to boosting uptime, the cloud delivers benefits across the board.
The future of cloud
Cloud services are constantly evolving, and the future is looking exciting, whatever your type of business. In fact, RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report reveals that businesses now run the majority of their workflows (a huge 79%) in the cloud.
- Azure is growing in popularity, while market leader AWS stagnates – and we’d expect this trend to continue.
- Keep your eye on Google, which is also increasing its share – unsurprising, given that it’s been developing its internal services for years.
- And regarding cloud support, watch out for a shift to self-service as cloud services become the norm.
Finding the right cloud supplier
If you’re keen to develop cloud services at your business, you need a reliable supplier. There are many good (and not so good) suppliers out there, so it’s worth doing your research to find the right one.
- Experience is essential – check your candidates’ training and qualifications during the selection process.
- But make sure the experience is relevant – ask about other deployments and speak to current clients.
- Check out accreditations and awards – they’re a good indicator of whether a cloud supplier is committed to good customer service.
At Mirus, we recognise that every business is different and needs an individual approach. We’re an accredited cloud supplier working with industry-leading partners (Microsoft and Mimecast, to name two) to deliver first class solutions.
To find out whether your business would benefit from a move to the cloud, take our free cloud readiness assessment.