While cloud technology is not a new technology, its continuous progress has made it the most effective delivery model for information and services using existing technologies. Cloud migration is now a cost-effective choice for many businesses because of its flexibility, security, and scalability compared to on-premise solutions. However, making the cloud overcomplicated is a common trap that many people fall into.
The easiest way to measure the success of cloud technologies in the workplace is when they run smoothly in the background so that the majority of employees outside of IT functions aren’t even aware of them.
Cloud computing the new indispensable platform?
A workforce must be able to communicate and work safely and effectively without thinking. And with an effective cloud computing platform, organizations can rest assured that employees will work uninterrupted anytime, anywhere, enabling optimal productivity.
In addition, IT leaders can think and act strategically thanks to the cloud. They can provide the knowledge needed to choose the best resources for the business, so they don’t have to worry so much about how their staff interacts with on-premise technology. Regardless of their size, companies can use the cloud to give their employees access to a wide variety of tools that help them do their jobs effectively, whether they are in the office or at home, while still providing excellent customer service.
Why it is crucial to choose the right cloud-enabled technology
Organizations need to embrace a few critical technologies to support the cloud to ensure it always works in a way that takes full advantage of its benefits. The cloud must be supported in its behind-the-scenes operations by a robust infrastructure consisting of servers, storage devices, network and cloud management software, deployment software, and platform virtualization.
For example, Wi-Fi 6 guarantees the strongest and most reliable connection within buildings, enabling cloud technology to perform at its best. To keep corporate data safe and make the cloud your biggest business enabler, network security is also critical. Essentially, the assurance of data security stored in the cloud is an effective cybersecurity way to secure your cloud network. Again, the encryption of cloud data enables the behind-the-scenes security provided by the cloud.
Workplace Problem Prevention Pass
PaaS is a cloud computing service that provides businesses with a complete platform to meet all their needs. The functions of PaaS include hardware, software and infrastructure. These make it significantly easier for IT teams to create, manage, and use apps than if they kept the platform on-premises. Here the employee experience has evolved to the point where the cloud component is essentially transparent.
IT-dependent businesses need a platform they can always rely on. Problems can arise in many different ways, such as storage capacity or service interruptions due to failures or errors in the management of an on-premise platform. Avoiding these issues is a key organizational benefit as they can disrupt the employee experience and create unwarranted concerns. As a result, employees no longer have to evaluate or keep track of the various benefits that the cloud offers, such as lower costs, greater simplicity and flexibility.
Flexibility to innovate
The time and money needed to build new platforms are two major factors that keep organizations from innovating. Implementing these services internally can be quite labor intensive, slowing the company down to maintain its competitive advantage and market adaptability.
Using the cloud to develop new goods and services frees up your product development teams, allowing them to innovate without worrying about new infrastructure or return on investment. Moreover, launching new services with the cloud is often faster. New configurations can be up and running in a matter of hours, and because the organization only pays for the time it spends (rather than the hardware and infrastructure), costs are significantly reduced.
The cloud business model represents a significant shift in the way services are consumed. With a subscription-based model, the customer can adjust their invoice according to the actual use of the product and has the choice to stop at any time. Since there is no capital expenditure on the customer’s part, the subscription model offers them real value.
Evolving business structure
It is crucial to have a system that can adapt to common evolutions that will occur in any business. This may involve expanding the offices, launching new locations or even closing some locations. For example, combining different types of data and records per merger or acquisition takes a lot of work. Transferring information between systems can take months or even years of manual encryption without
Although it has become much easier to make the switch with systems in the cloud. The cloud allows for easy data exchange and merger between employees of the two organizations, resulting in a seamless and almost instant merger or acquisition. Staff are concerned about how the process will be conducted in a merger or acquisition. Employees can focus on more critical matters now that at least one aspect of the challenge has been solved with the cloud-based IT systems integration. The data fusion must take place in the cloud and remain as seamless and transparent as possible. This allows two organizations to unite and it seems as if a new, cohesive team has been formed.
Continuity in troubled times
It has always been a challenge for the organization to manage costs and workload during market turmoil. The huge advantage of working in the cloud is how quickly and easily activity can be modified and scaled to meet changing circumstances.
This indicates that when market conditions (such as a shift in sales) arise, IT systems can be easily changed. Staff just need to be aware that the same services and platforms are still available by keeping cloud IT systems hidden. Scaling problems relative to resources and costs is simply irrelevant today. This provides a significantly smoother ride in difficult times or periods of rapid expansion.
This is particularly crucial in the context of disaster recovery. Should the worst happen, cloud backup enables organizations to recover their data immediately and ensures low downtime so that operations can continue. The cloud provides little disruption to the employee experience and remains hidden, maintaining employee confidence even in the event of serious incidents.
Collaborate through cloud technologies
Using the cloud, companies can create a multi-region infrastructure that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, and goes beyond geographic limitations. This makes different international business divisions feel like one cohesive unit working towards achieving common goals. It is essential that this collaboration feels transparent thanks to the cloud; therefore it should be kept that way as much as possible.
By Rukmini Glanard, EVP Global Sales, Service and Marketing at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.