How long ago did your business start the move to the cloud? A year? Two years? Longer?
The past few years, this side of 2010, have all been pivotal to the growth, innovation, and spread of cloud computing for businesses all over the world.
How was the process of cloud migration? Did you start slow, integrating only a few elements of data? If you were an early adopter, this was probably your approach. More recent adopters might have been less hesitant.
Did you begin with a strategy? Chances are that yes, you did.
But if your move to the cloud was now a couple of years ago, is it time to look at your existing strategy and see what needs to be tweaked or updated?
We think so. Here are three major reasons why your organisation should revisit its cloud strategy.
1. Cloud trends change
Reducing the constraints of traditional technology, cloud computing appears to be facilitated by a never-ending course of improvements and further developments.
Hybrid cloud computing, for example, is a newer branch of the cloud that results in a model that combines both public and private servers for business usage.
The growth of BYOD
BYOD is another example of a cloud-related trend that has exploded in the past couple of years.
More and more employees are opting to use their own, personal devices (usually smartphone and laptops) for business-related work.
Think of those who are travelling on a train to and from a meeting or an employee who is on holiday, using a personal device to check their emails or access a particular document that needs proofreading.
BYOD mightn’t have been such a concern at the top of this decade when it was still new and experimental, but by 2015, 78 per cent of workers believe using a mobile device for data access helps them balance their professional and personal lives (you can also find 22 more BYOD stats there).
2. Technology advances
Instead of slotting the cloud into an existing and for the most part unchanging structure, the cloud is now commonly the centre or hub of a business’s infrastructure.
The structure of the cloud has likely shifted for many businesses, as they are making use of the cloud’s scalability.
Before the cloud became the norm, most businesses took a slow approach. They did not dive right in; they regulated the data that was migrated.
Now, as businesses reap the benefits of the cloud, they can use the scalability to gradually move more data, resulting in the cloud becoming the core of an organisation.
3. Flaws are identified…
…and subsequently, we’re suitably prepared.
Security is possibly one of the biggest fears that cloud (pardon the pun) a business’s judgement when it comes to cloud adoption.
As cloud has grown in popularity, so too have security procedures.
Sometime in the past five years, the cloud became mainstream
Think about how much technology has changed between 2010 and now:
The iPad was introduced in 2010 (and the mini in 2012)
Nintendo 3DS was launched in February 2011
Google Glass was publicly announced in 2012
A preview version of Google Chromecast was released in 2013
And they’re even working on a Hoverboard (à la Marty McFly)
And that’s just a drop in the ocean. Now image what the next 40, 50, or 100 years hold!
Decentralise your strategy, evolve as technology improves and changes, and keep your cloud strategy refreshed, up-to-date, and applicable to your business, as it is on this very day.
Does your cloud strategy need an update?
Your cloud strategy should be aligned with your business's best practices. And if your businesses best practises have changed over the past 24 or 36 months (or even longer!), then shouldn’t your strategy change accordingly, too?
If you need help with an existing (or new!) cloud strategy, begin with a cloud computing consultation.