Businesses have been forced to adapt their ways of working almost overnight in-light of the coronavirus pandemic and those with cloud-based systems had a significant head start to those that did not.
38 percent of businesses have scaled infrastructure to meet new levels of demand during the lockdown periods, highlighting how the pandemic has accelerated businesses’ digital transformation plans, according to Aptum.
While cloud-based platforms have existed for more than a decade, adoption of instant access for users to an organisation’s data anywhere at anytime in business has been relatively slow. The coronavirus pandemic, however, has quickly revealed how working in the cloud can allow organisations to respond to change. Businesses are now operating differently and communicating to customers and wider digital communities via multimedia content on social media, web or app platforms.
The pandemic could have easily brought business processes and productivity to a stop, yet managed cloud services provide business leaders with the confidence to maintain and adapt their business strategies to cope with the new way of working.
As well as enabling staff to work from home efficiently – without clunky connections or slow servers – cloud-based systems also encourage collaboration, with many people able to access, annotate and review corporate documents simultaneously. This approach ensures transparency, with teams better able to manage their workloads and alleviates traditional document sharing headaches, such as file locking and overwritten data.
As we navigate the economic effects of the pandemic, there is certainly a requirement for non-cloud enabled organisations to consider adopting appropriate cloud technologies post-COVID-19, to drive business resilience. Now is the time for businesses to ensure any response measures that were put in place quickly are now robust and enterprise-grade. This will allow them to continue to accommodate long periods of remote working and distributed workforces.
Today it is easier to accept that cultures and processes must change to allow cloud computing to work properly. The acceptance of cloud computing within most businesses is a major shift and organisations that embrace the changes are likely to adopt new technologies that were once mere thoughts on the horizon, such as cloud, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, etc. This acceptance and desire for change and disruption will allow the business to become more agile, and thus respond better to customer and market dynamics.
So, what are the benefits of Cloud Services?
Efficiency and cost reduction – By using cloud infrastructure, you do not have to spend huge amounts of money on purchasing and maintaining hardware, facilities, utilities, or building out a large data centre to grow your business. Cloud also reduces costs related to downtime.
Data Security – One of the major concerns of every business, regardless of size and industry, is the security of its data. Data breaches and other cybercrimes can devastate a company’s revenue, customer loyalty and brand positioning. Cloud services offer many advanced features that guarantee that data is securely stored and handled.
Scalability – Cloud services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your business demands increase, you can easily increase your cloud capacity without having to invest in physical infrastructure. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors.
Mobility – Cloud services allow mobile access to corporate data. Users can get access to their work on-the-go, 24/7, via any devices of their choice, in any corner of the world as long as you stay connected to the internet. On top of that, all upgrades and updates are done automatically, off-sight. This saves time and team effort in maintaining the systems, tremendously reducing the IT team workloads. See our Prism solutions for more details.
Disaster recovery – Data loss is a major concern for all businesses, along with data security. Storing your data in the cloud guarantees that data is always available. Cloud-based services provide quick data recovery for all kinds of emergency scenarios – from natural disasters to power outages.
We have seen many businesses, including some of our customers, realise the potential the cloud to rapidly scale and deploy new services, particularly in terms of remote working.
Through Lumina’s cloud portfolio, we will look after your data and services off-site. Our cloud solutions revolve around your business. We will manage and support all aspects of your system, allowing you to reduce capital expenditure, slim your asset base and make your IT more flexible.
Do not let fear stop you from doing what is best to enable your business. Talk to Lumina today about moving to the Cloud.