Sometimes, nothing ruins a business like its own success.
As enterprises try to meet the demands of surging markets, operations will have to expand. This translates to more infrastructure, more hires, more training, more meetings, more data to sift through–more of everything!
And while these can be good problems to have, greater complexity in a business can make you lose sight of the stuff that matters: checking to see if you are meeting your company’s mission-vision, innovating new solutions and services, and making certain your employees are happy and productive.
You can either let that happen, or you can SIMPLIFY your business. And when things are simplified, they get done.
You can leverage technology using cloud computing and make your enterprise easy and simple to run. Here’s how:
1. Automate with the Cloud
Suppose you can provision virtual machines for your entire team in a space of five minutes? How much time and money would you save, and how much further ahead would you be compared to other aging dinosaur companies who have to purchase their machines with every new project?
Cloud automation lets you easily provision all the computing resources you want from the cloud, right when you need it. What traditionally was the work of your IT team becomes that of your cloud services provider.
If you have new hires, you can easily assign virtual machines to them with all the necessary software and patches already in place. Need a server farm? You can put up a cluster of machines according to your specifications.
Want to deploy an application, you can automate the provisioning of resources, including the database and web server. The cloud can scale up the infrastructure during busy periods, then scale it back down during quieter times.
What else you can automate in the cloud depends on the kind of business you and the types of processes you run. You can even do HR, accounting and payroll management on the cloud—customer service too.
If you have tasks that can be automated, move them into the cloud. It will save you time, not to mention headaches.
2. Defend Your Data
Let’s face it–if you lose your data, you lose your business. And information loss is a very real and dangerous possibility: a fire, an earthquake, a terror or hacker attack can wipe your client database clean.
And so we back-up regularly. But restoring data from your back-up drives and restarting processes can take days, perhaps even weeks for large organizations.
Suppose you let the cloud handle that task? For a small fee, cloud storage can securely and automatically save your information.
If your data center is compromised, then you can restore everything from the cloud and be back in business in a matter of hours, not days. Keeping your data on both on-site physical drives and the cloud is a clever way to ensure its survival.
3. Less clutter, Less costs
Servers, workstations, and data centers take up enormous office space and network infrastructure–they need to be managed, monitored, connected, and cooled down in order to work properly.
But in the cloud, you outsource these tasks to professionals from the cloud vendor. No need to pay rent for office space, air-conditioning, or maintenance work.
You also free your IT team from having to put out fires all the
time in your infrastructure. Instead of focusing on maintenance, you can have them do more meaningful and fulfilling tasks, like innovating solutions or finding ways to speed up your processes.
4. Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device
Traditionally, if you wanted to get work done you had to go to your office workstation. Which meant that it was difficult to get much done if you were traveling abroad or indisposed at home.
The cloud, on the other hand, is built to be mobile. It does away with the need to be physically in your office. If you want to pull a file or work on a project, simply go online using a device of your choice and work on the cloud, 24-7.
This centralized system also makes it easier for colleagues to collaborate. Anyone can access what their colleagues is working on, and updates are shown in real-time.
5. Monitor and Manage
Finally, the cloud lets you assign and monitor tasks, get metrics from your apps, and manage your configurations in single, easy-to-understand screens. A centralized location means less time going back and forth with your managers to ask for and ascertain information.
As cloud technology matures, cloud vendors can only get better at what they do: make work simpler and quicker. The following testimony from CHEF’s CTO Adam Jacob says as much.
So is simpler really better for your enterprise? Tell us what you think in the comments below. If you want to learn how cloud services can work with your particular business needs, contact our cloud experts here at PolarSeven.