More and more business are discovering the benefits of cloud hosting for their operations. The initial benefits are numerous, including a reduction in operational costs, having adequate storage on demand, and flexibility in configuring the computing environment. Business leaders have discovered that cloud computing not only provides these benefits at the first level, but it has profound positive benefits in the deeper layers of their business operation.
For a company that wants to expand, new businesses are often explored. What prevents many companies from pursuing new businesses is not having enough time or money to invest. Whether a company wants to try out a new new product or a new idea, the computing environment often has to be reconfigured to support experimentation. In a conventional computing environment where the company hosts its own resources, the internal system must be reconfigured in order to reallocate resources to accommodate the new requirements. Resources may need to be taken away from another part of the business. Time and money are often needed to reconfigure a local computing environment.
With cloud computing, resources are on-demand. If more resources are needed for testing, the company only has to contact the cloud host provider and request more. There is no need to take resources away from another function. Focus can be shifted quickly from one area to the other without major reconfiguration of any systems. This allows a company more flexibility in trying out new ideas and fostering innovation without interruption to current business processes.
Company expansion may also involve the acquisition of other businesses. In the business world, mergers happen all the time. The biggest hurdle is to merge the data from two distinct systems into one. Sometimes this data merge never happens and a company ends up having to work with two different computing environments. When the computing system is hosting in the cloud, this transition into a consolidated environment can happen much faster. Any end user can gain access to any information stored in a cloud-based system.
Cloud computing allows for better learning of new processes. Cloud services bring together the best in business processes contributed by customers. Inefficient processes are quickly weeded out and replaced by more efficient models. New models can be pushed out to clients without major reconfiguration of local systems. The client benefits by having access to the most advanced computing processes without costly upgrades to its internal computer environment.
This has brought about profound benefits to leaders in the executive positions. Instead of being weighed down by the day-to-day problems of routine systems maintenance, technology leaders can focus on the bigger picture, on strategic goals that will help the company increase productivity and efficiency. Statistics show that about 80 percent of IT budgets are allocated to routine maintenance of in-house systems. Cloud Providers can free up this burden so that more attention can be turned to boosting IT services that will improve the company’s bottom line.
Cloud hosting provides innumerable advantages over the conventional in-house computing environment. For a business to achieve and maintain its leadership position, it must be able to respond to change quickly and smoothly. Using cloud computing services will give a company the competitive edge that it needs.