Posted in Articles on Wednesday, June 12, 2019
by Richard Vester - Group Executive, EOH Cloud Services Division
The business environment of today bears little resemblance to that of even a few years ago. Customers are demanding better, faster service; companies have to be able to respond to market changes immediately; and continued improvements in solutions and products have become key to staying ahead of competitors.
Forward-thinking companies have responded to these pressures by embracing new cloud-based technologies that enable them to better engage and serve customers digitally. Offering increased business agility and innovation, cloud computing is rapidly becoming the “new normal” foundation of today’s IT infrastructures.
Cloud services provide an opportunity for organisations to reinvent business, and the business advantages that the cloud offers has been the main driver of the technology. However, while IT departments have been providing these benefits to the business through cloud implementations, they have found a multitude of advantages for themselves.
Transitioning from antiquated, labour-intensive IT infrastructures to the pay-as-you-go, self-service world of the cloud has enabled an era of modernisation for IT departments, allowing them to better serve business needs such as improved customer experience. Similarly, CIOs are no longer burdened with a fixed IT capacity that limits their ability to meet rapid market changes, allowing them to become a strategic partner to the business.
Business needs agility. So does IT.
Getting the resources a company needs, when it needs them, not only shortens the time it takes for IT projects to be successful, but makes it quicker and easier to start business innovation initiatives. Being able to deliver results faster, cheaper and with more quality makes IT more effective, and gives the business a competitive edge. Similarly, more efficient projects and less operational issues allow IT teams to spend their time on other more useful activities that may offer greater potential value to the business.
Having access to standardised services provides the business with the freedom to spend more time on innovating, and less on operational issues. By providing pay-as-you-need infrastructure, companies can focus on business-critical and customer-facing applications, and then determine the best infrastructure and platform to deliver them. Concerns around security protocols and data sensitivity are therefore eased, as these can be mitigated through easy access to the appropriate resources.
It always comes back to cost
Whether it’s the CEO or the CIO, every leader has to focus on keeping costs to a minimum. The OpEx model of cloud ensures there are no long term financial commitments. In the OpEx model, zero upfront investment is required, which allows organisations to start projects faster but also end them without losing any investments in cloud services. Companies pay only for what they use, and the cloud can also cut down on short and long-term technical debt.
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