The face of business IT looks much different from years past and much of that change has to do with the implementation and adoption of cloud technologies. Where and how you spend your IT budget is important to the future of your business. You will need to eliminate some confusion about the cloud and gain a clear view of the benefits and challenges it may present.
Here are the top three myths we identified about conducting business in the cloud today:
1. The cloud is not for enterprise businesses
When it comes to cloud, there is a misconception that cloud technology works best with small to mid-sized businesses and not as well for larger enterprise businesses. In fact, enterprise businesses have the most to gain by moving some or all of their processes to the cloud. By using cloud in an IT-strategy, enterprise businesses can keep pace with today’s fast and evolving business environment. Migrating to the cloud allows enterprise businesses to be agile without adding additional staff so that the goal of lean growth can be reached.
2. The cloud kills collaboration
We are now in an era of business where processes are expedited. Projects that historically were finished in months are now being completed in weeks—or even days. Because of this accelerated business environment, departments need to adjust processes to work together. By providing a platform where real-time business collaboration can exist, cloud technology enables more collaboration, not less. Accelerated projects would be impossible without the use of real-time, meaningful collaboration enabled by the cloud. The cloud gives us the ability to review and revise work effectively across teams, both internal and external, from locations around the globe. Now that’s collaboration!
See how people are using the cloud in the video below:
3. Virtual = cloud
If you are using virtual servers, it isn’t a given that you are using cloud technology. Virtualization is software that divides the physical resources of an existing server into several different environments, creating virtual machines. Each virtual machine can run its own operating system and access any business application that is running on a network. In cloud computing, applications are accessed via the Internet. A true cloud product provides scalability, automated management, and flexibility to do more with less. While virtualization is best for some companies, the cloud typically offers more robust solutions that can free up internal IT resources for better business value—something all businesses want.
As more businesses move to cloud adoption, misconceptions surrounding the technology will eventually fade. But in the meantime, we hope these three busted myths alleviate any misconceptions about doing business in the cloud today.