Why Move to the Cloud?
Many businesses have their heads in the cloud these days, so to speak, and it’s easy to see why. Cloud technology offers many advantages to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that enhance business processes and data management.
There is certainly a case to be made for cloud adoption. In 2020, 67% of enterprise infrastructure became cloud-based, while public cloud infrastructure is expected to increase by 35% this year.
Despite that, there are still many companies who have yet to make the transition to cloud-based operations. The main question they ask is “Why use cloud computing in the first place?”
In this new series on cloud computing, we will take a closer look at the journey to the cloud, why now is the best time to begin a digital transformation, and how cloud migration strategies benefit ISVs.
Why Move to the Cloud?
Initial Hesitation from ISVs
ISVs, especially those who offer applications, are sometimes hesitant to move to a cloud environment. Some are satisfied with the present state of their operations and want to maintain the status quo for as long as they possibly can.
For example, some ISVs might say that they’ve got a long-established app that runs on-premise and it works just fine. If you were to bring up cloud adoption to them, their response would be “Why cloud?”
Others might say that it’s a resource-related issue, and they may not have the capacity for a complete rewrite. If they had the bandwidth, they would consider making the move, but their programmers are too focused on crucial tasks like maintenance, adding new features, and so on.
Then there are the “server huggers.” These individuals are accustomed to seeing the blinking lights of a server which is a sign that all is well regarding physical data management and storage.
They wouldn’t trust having their sensitive data stored in a public cloud environment, and would be hard-pressed to consider migrating to the cloud as a result.
Resolves Workplace Disruption
In an industry where change is constant, ISVs have their doubts about undergoing a complete digital transformation. That is understandable, especially for those who are satisfied with the current state and performance of their digital operation, which makes cloud migration an especially hard sell.
The resistance these businesses have towards cloud adoption make perfect sense, but there is a case to be made for the cloud. First of all, there are issues like the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many businesses to rapidly shift to remote operations.
Second, there are the wildfires that affected certain parts of California, making it difficult for businesses to access their physical data centers. The same can be said about the state of civil unrest going on in other parts of the country.
Each of these issues has disrupted the traditional workplace. Resistance towards cloud adoption has effectively made some businesses into digital nomads, whether they wanted this status or not.
Cloud technology resolves these issues by placing data within arm’s reach, simplifying the accessibility and management of files, documents and other forms of data.
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Why Use Cloud Computing?
The realization that being a digital nomad is detrimental to their success led several ISVs to make changes and embark on a digital transformation.
There are several benefits of cloud computing. First of all, the influx of natural disasters and civil unrest has effectively placed the on-premise server room at risk, thus increasing the viability of cloud adoption. There is also the issue of having multiple racks and data centers which can complicate management.
Migrating to the cloud eliminates the hassle of data center management and limitations. It does so by providing a higher level of availability and security for a business’s infrastructure as compared to those offered by physical data centers.
Another of the advantages of cloud computing is complete scalability and agility. A cloud strategy allows you to easily scale your operations up or down depending on any changes within your organization. Some providers offer auto scaling to further simplify this process.
For example, when the pandemic finally subsides and employees are able to return to the office en masse, there will be a sea of change in how people work again. The simplified scalability and agility of cloud technology ensures rapid adaptation to your business’s evolving needs which can’t be replicated by on-premise data centers.
Cloud adoption also improves resource management and allocation. If you are a smaller software as a service (SaaS) company, your resources and budget would be fairly limited. Data centers require dedicated management by programmers and support staff.
Additionally, you would also need to procure the necessary hardware and software and have technicians set it up for you.This may lead to a temporary loss of internet connectivity which would shift your focus away from managing your business and the software production process itself.
Downtime can ultimately be avoided by using a lift and shift strategy, which seamlessly moves applications or operations to the cloud without disrupting workflow.
Cloud technology offers a more cost effective solution. You can use the time and money that you would have spent on acquiring and installing new hardware and software to acquire the resources needed to gain a competitive edge, and get your products to market faster.
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We can perform a cloud readiness assessment and develop a migration plan for organizations that are looking to make the move, but aren’t quite sure where to start. Our team can also examine your cloud infrastructure to implement optimizations and ongoing tweaks.
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