It seems that increasing number of businesses is pressured to maximise ROI by running operations more efficiently. In order to improve the bottom line, IT departments are seeking for ways to be on top of the latest and greatest technology available. Cloud computing has naturally became one of the revolutionary tools that has changed the way many companies operate. It is certainly more and more technical reasons why a business would chose moving to the clouds, the question, though, is there a solid business reason for it? As it turns out there is. If fact, there are several reasons. Some of them are quiet obvious, some have long term benefits.

Cost reduction

Perhaps the most obvious reason. In contrast to on-site hosting the time and price of deploying applications in the cloud can be considerably less due to lower hardware costs from more effective use of physical resources and economy of scale effect of cloud providers. Even more appealing than cheaper price tag is the ability to pay only for what’s been used. Cloud computing allows to pay only for the resources that you need and when you need them.

Scalability

Ability to scale up and down quickly can determine how successful your business is. Some businesses such as retailers experience seasonal change in demand, while others, like gaming companies may have demand fluctuations several times a day. Cloud allows to accommodate the change in demand very quickly.

Universal access and control

Cloud computing allows total remote access to systems and applications providing employees to manage and complete tasks via Internet. Also, by bypassing traditional IT departments, users now have a choice to work on devices of their choice, such as personal laptops or tablet devices.

Up to date software

With applications hosted in the clouds, there is no need to manage software updates since they are managed by the cloud provider. Patches and security improvements are applied seamlessly and regularly.

Choice of applications – this allows flexibility for cloud users to experiment and choose the best option for their needs. Cloud computing also allows a business to use, access and pay only for what they use, with a fast implementation time

Business Intelligence

It may not seem obvious, but moving to the cloud allows organizations collect large amounts of data. The data may include demographic information of clients, number and times of orders, amount of time spent on the web site, geographical data, and much more. When this collected data is transformed into usable information, the leadership team is able to make educated data driven decisions.

Speed

Anyone who dealt with building the IT infrastructure knows how long it could take. With the cloud, though, the time needed to implement is slashed to a fraction. Server provisioning is only a click of a button away. Firewall rules are applied automatically. Cloud load balancing allows seamlessly add multiple web servers without any downtime. Disaster recovery is a simple replication of the cloud infrastructure.

In conclusion

There are numerous reasons companies from startups to large corporations choose to move to the cloud. Some choose to cut costs, others value flexibility more. While reasons may vary, move to the cloud must be fully planned and skillfully implemented.

Proper strategy must be put in practice, technical requirements accurately gathered, teams assembled, solutions cost out in order to have relatively painless transition.