How is your business benefiting from going to "the cloud"?
How is your business benefiting from going to 'the cloud'? And if you haven't, why do you feel you're better off with your premise-based IT solution? I am curious as to why some business are hesitant to move to the cloud. From my experience with natural disaster, outages, etc. the cloud seems to be a no-brainer. It also seems to be most cost efficient in most cases. I would love to hear how people who are remaining in a premise-based environment feel about this subject.
What do you mean by "cloud"? Without specifics, any answer is meaningless.
A key benefit is real time collaboration . Many traditional businesses need a real push from those they trust. This involves training, education and major overhauls on how they do business.
There are professionals running businesses the old fashion way and are still productive. Some don't see the savings or effectiveness of going to the cloud. Few other people, even me, when we travel to areas we are not sure about internet connectivity, having our own software (programs) makes a difference. Sometimes there are organizations that simply are not ready for the move. They have not dedicated the time for it, have no resources in place, and find their businesses rules, performance and overall communications could be tremendously affected by going completely online. It's not only about going to the cloud per se because small fees (sometimes), there are trainings, plan, education, directives and more external things that need to be cared for first. Proprietary rights and projects, intrinsic communication and information are at risk when going into the cloud with no security plan addressed initially.. and what about the companies that provide those services?The cloud is perceived as a 'new' not only concept but an organizational cultural factor as well that few more years from now will report statistics so much better. Few professionals and business owners, me included, think we better keep going to the cloud using services that help leverage our work and team performances than completely relying on systems that may compromise the continuity of our businesses. I use a couple of services on the cloud, I cannot simply completely rely on them in which backups play hard. Just my thoughts.
I've been doing cloud since we called to timeshare.
Often, the problem is data security. Will sensitive data, the ability to comply with new rules in a timely manner is a legal issue. I can change my internal setup. With the could, I have to wait for someone else to (A) decide it is worth it to them to make the change, and (B) actually do the work.
The next issue is: Will you be there tomorrow? If my cloud provider decides to exit that business, or is forced out, or goes belly-up, I may have a migrate on no notice. Or, I might be locked out of my data.
Having said all that. I do use cloud, where appropriate.
I have my payments system, Wave, in the cloud, and have recently taken Microsoft Offiice into the cloud. Only one I object to is Adobe - because it is so pricey per month. I would prefer to have the software in my hands, so in case I wind up not being able to continue with them in the cloud, at least I have the software on my computer. I'd rather have it anywhere anyway. Backing up on a regular basis will help you as well.