Control panel detail of a row of server cabinets with a computer network and digital displays full of data and numbers, and blue blinking lights and leds, arranged in a rows around an aisle. Servers are connected by a cloud shaped set of icons with symbols of services, activities and data driving a computer network and cloud computing cyberspace. Communicating through the Internet of Things. Room is illuminated by blue light.

Your employees don’t care whether the software that powers your business runs on servers, in the cloud or on the moon – they just want it to work when they need it. Regardless of device, location or time of the day, your company technology should be readily available.

But adoption of cloud-based services and private cloud environments have grown significantly, according to a recent survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals. The use of cloud-based services has saturated the market, with a 95% adoption rate. But private cloud adoption has passed the three-quarters mark (77%), with hybrid cloud adoption also increasing significantly to 71%.

The benefits of cloud are becoming clear to more organizations every day. Here are six reasons you should be considering enterprise cloud services in your business.

Unparalleled flexibility. Productivity has never been higher, as evidenced by employees who can work wherever they want on the device at hand. iPhone, Android phone, Surface tablet, iPad, laptop or desktop computer – it’s not about the device but the ability to access the needed information. Cloud powers anytime/anywhere access better than server-based systems.

Increased collaboration. That work wherever/whenever mentality also translates into increased collaboration. Moving documents and projects into the cloud allows for real-time collaboration among employees across the office, across town or across the world. It also helps managers keep an eye on crucial projects.

What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud. Until very recently, security was a top concern for enterprises that were thinking about moving into the cloud in a significant way. Now those concerns have shifted into how to devote sufficient resources to fully leverage the power of the cloud. Since information is accessed from and stored in the cloud, there are fewer concerns over proprietary information falling into the wrong hands. The increased use of device management that allow for remote device wipes in case of theft or loss also has lessened security concerns in the cloud.

Even out expenses. Capital expenditures for servers, interfaces and software often face tighter scrutiny at the CFO and CEO levels than operating expenses do. With a cloud implementation, you know what you’re buying on the front end. As your company’s use of a cloud-based application grows, either through additional users or more required storage or computing space, costs likely will rise. However, because of intense competition among cloud-based providers of many services, negotiation can possibly limit the rate of increase.

Less IT intervention. Along with less capital outlay, you’ll also save on utility costs for running and cooling server rooms. Your IT staff also will be more efficient since software updates occur at the vendor level. It can give technologists more time to explore how to better leverage technology to build your business, develop new apps and help your company gain a competitive advantage. It’s possible that IT headcounts can be reduced, but those resources might be better deployed to improving your business.

Buy only what you need. Many cloud-based software offerings are highly customizable, allowing companies to purchase just what they need to get the job done. There might be efficiencies from licensing a complete product suite from one software vendor. But oftentimes a company only needs a particular function or feature to complement what’s already working well within the enterprise.

These six don’t represent a complete list of the benefits of cloud computing. But they’re a good start for companies considering software upgrades in the near future.

By Ramesh Maturu November 2, 2016
Tags: Enterprise