Every new technology that succeeds must pass from that stage of being a potentially new and exciting concept to becoming a realized and valuable fixture within the modern landscape of business today. The cloud has made that transition and there is more than enough evidence to prove the viability and successes of cloud computing as a story in Forbes reported:
- Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to $246.8B, up from $209.2B in 2016.
- 74% of Tech Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) say cloud computing will have the most measurable impact on their business in 2017.
That leaves one big and quite curious question, why aren’t more businesses taking advantage of the cloud and its benefits? The answer generally lies in one of three areas – implementation of the cloud, managing of cloud resources or optimization of the cloud. In a rather ironic fashion, those three aspects of the cloud are also where businesses can save money and reap the benefits of cloud technology.
4 Ways the Cloud Saves Money
What cloud users will discover is a theme common among nearly everything technology-related and most things in general, and that is proper use equates to expected results. The same is true in reverse order as well. Here are five ways the cloud will save your business money, provided it is done correctly!
1. Size Matters. The rule here is simple and the savings (or additional expenses) will be determined by how well and thorough your audits are of your systems and operations. Utilizing the right cloud server capacity via the number of servers and storage space will have a considerable impact on your business. How much can be saved will be dictated by how well you manage capacity. One article from Business Insider regarding poor capacity management reported that…
“This unnecessary spending costs companies around the world an estimated $62 billion annually.”
2. Services Matter. It is easy for departments within an organization or even a business itself to become app-happy. The truth is, many apps are extremely valuable and smart, while others are not. Eliminating unused or useless apps will also result in eliminating monthly fees and use charges for those less than desirables downloads.
3. Audits Matter – Often. Audits, as you employ cloud services, are extremely important even before implementation begins. Recalling the first point, a reliable audit will help your business best correlate its needs with the proper cloud support, including network considerations, storage and server allocation. The only way, however, to maintain and optimize the most efficient and cost-effective use of the cloud is through regular audits.
4. Operational Efficiency. Those audits will also reveal when it is time for your business to grow or cut back. The cloud is often touted for the cost-effective scalability it affords businesses.
A Better Business in the Cloud
Businesses in and around San Antonio looking for IT services and IT support should seek professional help that understands and knows how to utilize the cloud. A better business in the cloud? Absolutely, if you know how to use it!