To Digitise or Not To Digitise

In this day and age of technology, a question many companies may be concerned about is whether or not to transfer to a cloud-based business model. So, if like many businesses, you’re considering moving to the cloud, let’s take a quick look at some of the key reasons in favor of switching from physical storage to cloud computing and storage.

FIRSTLY, THE PRO’S

Reduced cost

In the past, your business purchased each server individually, meaning that you had a climate controlled location and that your hardware must be maintained and replaced every few years.
By migrating to the cloud, you no longer have to provide your own hardware. Less hardware means less cost. This results in less software for that hardware which equals far less cost for the business.

Rapid scalability

Before cloud technology, if you needed more hardware or storage, you had to purchase new equipment, software, and storage in to order get started – this could often take weeks to arrange, order and install.
However, with a cloud model, you only have to call up your provider with your new requirements and in significantly less time you can be up and running ready to take on that new project. No more trying to share the server’s pooled resources!

‘End of Life’ equipment

What happens if your server hardware decides to fail one week after the warranty expires? Not only have you potentially lost significant amounts of, if not all of your company data (if it’s not backed up), but you’re stuck with having to purchase new hardware, software, and pay for the extra man hours to get it installed and operational. This can have huge financial and operational repercussions for the business.
This isn’t an issue with the cloud. The service provider (dependent on your plan) has backups of all of your data. Their facilities are usually backed up to a secondary offsite location, so even in the event of the primary location being incapacitated, the backup is still safe.

SECONDLY, THE CON’S

Cloud Sprawl

With cloud services being accessible, easy to setup and cheap to consume, department are actively taking control over their applications without any involvement from the rest of the business.
It’s not just limited to department heads. Individuals are also getting in on the cloud buying for tools that help them work in a manner that suits them.
The result is a business with its information assets out in the cloud (with little to know central governance) raising big question marks over compliance.

No business process

Many companies who switch to cloud services often find that the flow of information suddenly becomes more hands on as the need to input and output data in specific formats requires more human interaction reformatting endless .csv files.
Those who attempt to utilize the variety of cloud integration solutions get swamped with the complexities of building custom API’s from application to the next, ultimately giving up due to low buy in from other departments.

The human gap

There is no doubt that good cloud service that is deployed correctly will work for business if its evangelised across all departments and integrated into the business process.
One of the elements for its success is simple… its humanising the cloud. What we mean by that is the digital strategy for any business needs to have top down enthusiasm and trained up subject matter experts who can ensure seamless integration with a support function that is both proactive and reactive.

There are clear benefits in terms of reducing overheads, reducing the dependency of hardware and expensive support personnel but only if you invest the time in understanding the impacts on business process and adopting subject matter experts.

The adoption of a digital strategy starts at the top and is filtered down as a way of life where each user can understand the benefits. That said, the business needs to continue to focus of constantly adjusting the digital strategy to avoid cloud sprawl and remain compliant.

aap3 have been providing bespoke solutions that power customers digital strategies and achieving operational goals with technology and services designed entirely to meet specific needs, these include:

• Design, build and fully managed digital solutions
• Providing tailored support solutions
• Providing project management solutions for effective migration, integration and business process optimization.

We take a consultative approach understanding your business goals and needs, and then through vendor agnostic design stages we propose a unique solution.

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To digitise or not to digitise
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In this day and age of technology, a question many companies may be concerned about is whether or not to transfer to a cloud-based business model.
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