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Beyond the Buzz: The Cloud Is Here to Stay

The cloud is no longer a buzzword. It is not a marketing trend, nor is it a fad. The cloud is a way of life and a way to engage with customers in the fastest way possible.

No Cloud, No Chance

Today, the cloud plays an extremely critical role within the modern business strategy. No cloud? No chance of catching up or surpassing your competition in the marketplace. That is the reality of operating an organization in the modern business landscape.

The cloud helps businesses overcome barriers to progress, such as limited budget or limited manpower, by empowering them to do more with less. It provides organizations with enterprise-level capabilities, but without the cost. This includes the potential for business agility, efficiency, scalability, and security.

Business leaders are no longer asking, “Why should we go to the cloud?” They are asking, “How and what’s the best way to get there?”

Before You Do Anything Else

Before you do anything else, you have to assess the situation and evaluate your existing environment. You absolutely must know what you want out of your cloud transition, otherwise you risk wasting valuable time and resources. So, before you take flight and make your cloud journey, consider the following questions:

Do you need to…

  • Reduce IT costs,
  • Develop an on-premises and cloud security strategy,
  • Spend less time on infrastructure maintenance,
  • Update or merge fragmented systems and applications?

In each of the above scenarios, inefficiency is the common theme. Inefficiency is a lot like quicksand. At first it can cause the ground below to slowly, slowly sink beneath your feet, and then next thing you know you’re covered in sand with nowhere else to go.

Widespread Cloud Migration

Most organizations today are considering a move to the cloud, whether it’s a complete infrastructure migration or a hybrid approach. Gartner’s recent report states, “90% of organizations are looking into crafting a cloud strategy."

In our recently published guide, “How to Develop the Framework for Your Cloud Strategy,” we discuss the critical steps to take while developing your cloud framework. With our guide, you will be able to develop an effective cloud strategy to simplify your move to the cloud so that it is fast, cost-efficient, secure, and pain-free from beginning to end./solutions/what-cloud-integration

Learn more about:

  • What key elements your cloud strategy should define
  • 4 steps to developing your cloud strategy
  • Which tool to consider adding to your cloud arsenal

 

Additional Resources

Blog: Three Cloud Security Myths that Need to Die

The value and cost benefits of the cloud have grown to overshadow the many things that once caused apprehension, which was largely fueled by several pervasive cloud security myths. What are the three cloud security myths that need to go to their final resting place? Read more.

Article: What is Cloud Integration?

The challenge with disparate systems and applications has only intensified over the years. Data silos continue to interfere with business progress. Cloud integration opens a world of opportunities for companies that need to overcome the challenge of disparate systems and data silos. Cloud integration platforms can provide a fast and reliable way for businesses to securely access their data. Read more.