The adoption of Cloud IT has successfully grown with Fortune 500 companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Looking back historically, there was a considerable amount of doubt regarding the value and efficiency of the Cloud. Now, it has become clear that regardless of a firm’s size, the Cloud can effectively boost productivity and lower costs.
The Cloud Also Delivers Additional Advantages …
Other advantages include the Cloud’s flexibility, and the decrease in time for the delivery of mission critical projects. Even very small companies understand these benefits with basic office functions such as accounts receivable management, payroll, and software like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Because the benefits are universally acknowledged and understood, they have become baseline expectations by offering scalable infrastructure, cost-effective access to technology and information. and capabilities available as services.
According to a recent VentureBeat December 2014 sponsored editorial by Tom Bressie of Rackspace Managed Cloud, close to 90 percent of SMBs have adopted the Cloud with 43 percent expressing regret that they did not adopt the Cloud earlier. It’s understandable that there might be resistance not only from small or medium-sized companies, but from larger ones as well. as a major game changer the Cloud has totally redefined many aspects of IT.
Unrelated to data obtained from the recent Rackspace Managed Cloud research cited here, we conducted research in 2009 on the viability of the Cloud using a very small study group of prominent people including several major players in the IT industry. The respondents expressed resistance, grave concerns about security and reliability.
Fortunately, today these concerns are not an issue for many organizations with the exception of security. Given high profile breaches such as Adobe with roughly 38 million accounts, DropBox, and iCloud it’s understandable.
The Rackspace research results revealed:
- Based on industry research, security with the Cloud is actually higher than with traditional data centers.
- The Cloud helps to increase customer satisfaction, which is a major plus for sales.
- Better customer service translates into a 140 percent increase in sales per customer. Those are excellent figures.
- Over 68 percent of firms were able to reinvest their savings back into the customer service area of business.
We look forward to seeing you in the Cloud.