Most companies are by now well aware of the reasons why cloud could potentially be a great investment: that it caters to businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands; that it gives smaller, more cost-conscious companies relatively inexpensive access to robust backup and recovery solutions; that it is excellent for collaboration and work-from-anywhere.
What some struggle with, however, are the how-to aspects, including: how to know what cloud solutions are best for a specific type of company; how to avoid investment overkill; how to ensure the security aspect is not only covered but airtight.
What initially spurs a move to cloud varies, and is informed in large part on where a company is in their overall evolution or journey. It is becoming abundantly clear, however, that many companies that have adopted cloud are deriving considerable benefits:
- Worldwide public cloud revenue will have increased from $80B in 2015 to $167B by 2020 (Source)
- Microsoft cloud products will comprise 30 per cent of the organization’s revenue in 2018 (Source)
- Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266B in 2021 (Source)
- Amazon Web Services generated $17.4B in 2017 — up from $12.2B in 2016, $7.9B in 2015, and $4.6B in 2014 (Source)
This is all good news for companies looking to enter the cloud game or beef up their commitment to what is looking more and more like a gateway to a brighter future. Certainly the potential seems to be there for companies to leverage cloud — if not to revolutionize or be set apart, at least to prevent eager competitors from leaving the pack in its dust.
In for a penny, in for a pound
Many organizations are still hanging on to a lingering fear that the deeper they “go” into cloud, the more it’s going to cost them and/or the more exposed their data will be to an increasingly audacious and rapacious breed of hacker. However, there is a mountain of evidence to the contrary that tells us the benefits of cloud can and most often do accelerate as a company moves through the stages of cloud adoption.
April 23rd webinar
Eric Gales, Country Manager of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Canada, and Chris Taylor, Director of Product Management at TeraGo, have helped organizations move through the stages of cloud adoption, and have witnessed the benefits of cloud at first hand. On On April 23rd at 10:00 am ET, Gales and Taylor will share these experiences and some best practices with ITWC CIO and Chief Digital Officer Jim Love in “Maximizing the Benefits of Your Cloud Journey.”
In this session, attendees will gain valuable insights about:
• Cloud Stages of Adoption
• Investing in Innovation
• Common Barriers to Success
• Best Practices and Examples
The discussion will be of interest to everyone from cloud-savvy business leaders pondering their next move to those still looking for their first project.