There’s a saying in tech circles that “cloud is the new black.” Sure, for many enterprises, it’s the basic, go-to, dependable solution to any problem that comes up. For all the enterprises that treat cloud like the new black, there are still plenty out there that are hanging on to legacy, on-site systems, making investments in on-site data servers and purchasing hardware.
When enterprises decline to implement cloud solutions, there are complex, multi-layered trade-offs, such as improved communication tools or improved efficiency that allows more time for innovation. What is often sacrificed for maintaining legacy systems isn’t abstract. Here are a few of the practical ways that a reluctance to adopt cloud technology affects the enterprise:
All that space is going to waste: An on-site data center for an enterprise may take up valuable space that could be used to house offices, or could be sold to free up money for other investments. While some enterprises argue that they need their data center to remain on site in order to prevent latency, modern network configurations can solve latency issues with a cloud provider to eliminate the problem. There’s really no monetary benefit to keeping data storage on site.
Data protection isn’t covering all the bases: If you aren’t utilizing a cloud provider for data storage, you might not be doing enough to protect your data. For instance, if there’s a natural disaster, like a flood, many enterprises find that their backups were stored in a place just as vulnerable as their office. With a cloud provider, your data is off-site, likely in a data center located far from your systems.
Your IT team spends a lot of time on upgrades and implementations: When you access cloud solutions, your IT team no longer has to handle upgrades. In fact, upgrades may be so seamless that your staff doesn’t even know they’re happening. There’s no downtime, and no interruption to work. Your IT team is freed up to focus on vision projects and optimizing the infrastructure.
Your analysis is stuck in the past: One of the innovations that comes with cloud technology is the ability to collect massive data and apply analytics for predictive models. Legacy systems, by contrast, are always looking in the past. Cloud solutions provide you with the insight to make better business decisions.
Your competitors are getting the edge: One of the risks you take when you don’t invest in cloud is that your competitors are using that opportunity to gain an edge. They’re utilizing cloud technology to improve the customer experience and deliver the latest features to their customers — and to yours.
To find out more about what you might be missing by not investing in cloud technology, contact us at Cory Communications. We can help you identify the practical ways that cloud solutions will lower your costs and improve efficiency in your organization.