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Over here at Resource One, we’ve worked on an increasing number of cloud related projects in recent years; and seen a corresponding reduction of on-premise maintenance / upgrades of servers  and troubleshooting offsite applications like email.

Our experience is not unique. Forbes reports around three quarters businesses have cloud applications. Thanks to some advanced cloud computing solutions, the cloud can be used to help businesses achieve goals faster than every before.

The primary reasons for businesses to consider the cloud for some or all of their operation, are

  • Swiftness
    Mid-market companies need the ability to act swiftly to compete. The cloud provides the infrastructure to support almost instantaneous scale, on demand. Companies are able to be innovative, enter new markets quickly, and improve user experience on a new level.
  • Economics
    A cloud infrastructure allows a business to adopt new services quickly, which allows for smoother cash-flow and less large capital investments.

Is the Cloud right for you, and your business?

The cloud is not always the best choice. In certain circumstances investment in hard infrastructure may be a better choice. With good consultation, the prospective business value derived from the cloud should be weighed against it’s downsides. Migrating existing processes and systems to the cloud “just because” is not usually a good strategy and it’s harder to customize solutions in the cloud. But, it’s hard to argue against the benefits of cloud. In order to work out what the best decisions is for your circumstance, talk to your IT Solutions provider. Any reputable firm should be able to provide an objective viewpoint, and not push you heavily towards a pre-described solution.

With good consultation, the prospective business value derived from the cloud should be weighed against it’s downsides. Migrating existing processes and systems to the cloud “just because” is not usually a good strategy. It’s harder to customize solutions in the cloud, and the long term cost is higher overall.