A Vision for Cloud Services in 2017 and What They Provide

A Vision for Cloud Services in 2017 and What They Provide

light-bulb-1407610The need for advanced analytics and data management has changed how many businesses see their infrastructure needs. And those needs are expected to be a driving force for the wider adoption of cloud-based services. As reported by Forbes, U.S-based adoption of cloud models has risen and can be seen as the new normal for enterprise applications.


The increased demand also means that more cloud service providers may enter the market, and current businesses may expand their offerings. As the business world continues to lean more heavily on these highly accessible and scalable options, more benefits are being discovered.


Cost Benefits of Cloud Services

The main advantage to moving to the cloud is a reduction in IT overhead costs. Purchasing, maintaining, and managing your own infrastructure requires a serious dedication of funds and labor. Cloud-services simplify those demands into simple fees. Now, instead of having to worry about the minutia surrounding the equipment, you can focus on business activities that are of greater value.


Often, this comes with the added benefit of disaster recovery options and business continuity. Since critical resources are accessed via an internet portal, you and your employees have the opportunity to obtain the information they need regardless of their physical location. You can also ensure operations can continue even if a local business site is temporarily unavailable. Redundancy is often built in, so you can rest easier knowing your data will be accessible under almost any circumstances.


Advanced Analytics

Big data has been a buzz word for some time, and the need to organize and analyze data from structured, semi-structured, and unstructured sources is unlikely to change for some time. Cloud services can often integrate a broad variety of data more efficiently than your business trying to make its own connections. If you find a cloud-service provider that offers a full solution, then you can save yourself a lot of time, energy, and hassle.


Additionally, they will be able to work with you to create the reporting capabilities you require. Those providing services in the cloud sector are often subject matter experts. That means you have access to a vast amount of knowledge that can work with your internal staff to ensure a high-quality yield.


Storage and Computing Scalability

Besides the financial burden of managing your own systems, it is also challenging to adjust when your storage or computing requirements change. Businesses that maintain their own infrastructure must add new equipment, often in the form of costly services, whenever their current options begin to hit their capacity. This involves a significant financial investment as well as a complicated installation and integration process. And, once you own the equipment, there is often little recourse should your needs fall later on.


Cloud providers can adjust to changing demands without the costs associated with an in-house solution. When your needs rise, you can adjust your service level to compensate. Often, the transition is practically seamless for the organization receiving the services. Then, if business later slows, you can downgrade when appropriate. You have the ultimate level of flexibility to adjust your strategy whether a change is expected or unexpected.


With the cumulative cost reduction for many organizations and the ease of using many of these services, the cloud-based solutions arena is likely to continue growing for years to come. In a few years, the traditional IT department may be a thing of the past. Instead of managing the daily grind, IT employees can focus on creating customized solutions for your business. Then your staff can focus on adding value instead of the maintenance required to keep your services up and running. It would certainly be a sign of these exciting technological times.

Nathan Weatherford

Nathan is in charge of Marketing & Business Development at VocalPoint Consulting. Launching new marketing initiatives, planning for events, meeting with clients and providers is all part of the job.

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