The cloud has been rightfully lauded for its ability to lower costs, simplify complex IT infrastructures, streamline workflows, and extend access. What often gets overlooked is that all those advantages are essential for engineering growth. The cloud is fundamentally a way for companies striving to reach the next level to grow and scale in a seamless and sustainable way. Here are some tips to help you reach your next milestone:
Reinvest the Productivity Gains
The cloud makes everyone more productive by automating and outsourcing cumbersome workflows while ensuring that every input is as efficient as possible. In practice, once companies switch to the cloud their teams often have a lot more time on their hands since they are no longer dealing with routine maintenance and management. That time is highly valuable for growth-oriented companies because now they are free to focus on strategy. Instead of preserving the present they can sprint towards the future.
Cultivate a Culture of Collaboration
The cloud has been so widely adopted in part because it eliminates the data silos that plagued companies that rushed into the digital age. For instance, something like small business ERP, that is native to the cloud, integrates data from across departments onto a single platform so that everyone has access to insights on-demand. That liberates team members to communicate and collaborate with freedom and flexibility. Finding ways to encourage and incentivize teams to collaborate constructively leads directly to innovative ideas and advanced approaches.
Rely on a Single Source of Truth
Companies can be their own worst enemies when they are trying to grow. Even if the future seems bright, simple things like errors, omissions, and inaccuracies can lead to setbacks at best and catastrophes at worst. Since the cloud synthesizes and standardizes data so successfully it creates a single source of truth. There is never any question that decision-making is being based on the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive data available.
Prioritize Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Data is both an asset and a liability. If data were to be compromised by a hacker, a natural disaster, or a user error it could throw operations into turmoil and damage a company’s reputation in ways that are impossible to recover from. Data and applications housed in the cloud are significantly safer because cloud providers stake their reputation on security. Data is also insulated from any and every contingency since it can be recovered even if a head office is destroyed in a fire or flood. The cloud is a way to protect against the unexpected.
Adopt a Mobility Strategy
One of the simplest and most significant advantages of the cloud is that users can access data and applications from any location and any device that has an internet connection. That empowers enterprises to adopt a mobility strategy and capture great ideas and one-time-only opportunities whenever and wherever they present themselves.
Ensure Space to Scale
The cloud both produces growth and facilitates growth. Technologies managed in-house take time, investment, and input to scale. When those same technologies live in the cloud they can scale upwards almost instantaneously and with few limits. Companies no longer must worry about a surge in demand outpacing their ability to keep up. Mission-critical IT is always perfectly matched to needs.
Committing to the cloud is just the first step. Finding the right cloud solutions and cloud providers is the crucial next step. As advantageous as the cloud may be, not every option is ideal. The companies that plan their migration carefully instead of rushing into the cloud reap the rewards over the long-term.