Accelerate Business Growth With Cloud Computing
As organizations progressively adopt hybrid work operations, businesses of all sizes are harnessing cloud services to accelerate business growth and increase competitiveness. The cloud computing market is predicted to amount to $832.1 billion by 2025. One of the key drivers pushing companies toward cloud-based services is the massive potential for growth they offer – companies that adopt the cloud bring new capabilities to market more quickly, innovate more easily, and scale more efficiently while also reducing technology risk.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is a model for enabling on-demand access via the internet to a shared pool of computing resources, including networks, servers, applications, and database storage – these resources can be easily configured and provisioned with minimal effort. You can access cloud services from any device, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac Book, from anywhere around the world. As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you’re ready to go, which is what makes cloud computing so convenient and cost-effective.
Third-party cloud providers, like Microsoft, have vast servers spread worldwide, which helps them manage traffic and reduces the risk of downtime instead of having on-premise servers. Businesses rent space from cloud service providers with a pay-for-what-you-use approach to billing, eliminating the need for on-premise servers.
How the Cloud Can Drive Business Growth
Organizations are moving rapidly to the cloud to modernize environments, improve system reliability, and support hybrid work models. Leveraging cloud computing technology can help businesses drive business growth to unprecedented levels.
Better Mobility and Collaboration
The massive transition to remote work during the pandemic was necessary for many office-based companies that wanted to maintain operations. However, many of these same companies realized the benefits of remote work and, as a result, are adopting hybrid work models for the long haul. According to Microsoft’s Work Trend Index, 66% of employers are redesigning their workplaces to accommodate hybrid work environments.
One key reason why remote working has been a success during this period is because of the cloud. With cloud computing, remote workers can communicate with other team members from anywhere and on any device, as long as they have an internet connection – platforms such as Microsoft Teams make it easier to reach out than ever. By using cloud technologies, employees can collaborate in real-time with colleagues and work together on the same content or project, iterating more efficiently to complete client deliverables faster and ensuring greater cohesion and teamwork.
By accessing all the benefits cloud computing brings to the table, you can take your business to the next level by providing your employees with state-of-the-art productivity tools that will make their jobs easier — and your team more productive. Since cloud apps and services allow employees the flexibility to work from any location, employers can attract the right talent from anywhere in the world to maximize productivity.
Increases Ability to Scale
The cloud offers high-performance hardware, software, resources, and technical support with zero up-front investment and zero ongoing maintenance expense and hassles. Cloud enables companies to automatically add capacity to meet surging demand (for example, in response to increasing customer usage) and to scale out new services in seconds rather than the weeks it can take to procure additional on-premises servers.
Companies don’t need to forecast server requirements or buy extra storage space – they just have to adjust their subscription with the cloud service provider, and the service provider just allocates more space according to their requirements. This improves operational efficiencies, promotes efficient utilization of existing resources, and greatly reduces the financial risk of opening new offices, launching new initiatives, or scaling your operations.
Supports Agility and Innovation
Innovation is at the core of competitiveness in today’s business, but on-premise technology can sometimes stand in the way. Legacy technologies are often too rigid and expensive to keep up with the rapid experimentation needed early on and the agility required to scale a successful effort. Any time spent on capacity planning, procurement, or waiting for requested infrastructure means less time spent finding solutions to problems and delivering value to the business.
For many organizations, cloud technology offers a more flexible alternative. With cloud technology, businesses don’t need to invest in expensive infrastructure, and it’s also easy to scale up and down quickly, enabling systems to grow with changing business demands. The agility and flexibility of the cloud make it the ideal platform for rethinking how the organization operates and what kind of value it creates for its customers. It lets you spin up new environments instantly, try out several ideas simultaneously, and see what’s working quickly and securely. This means you can iterate faster, test out prototypes on-demand and get real-time information to inform business decisions.
And when the business needs to pivot quickly, the cloud enables the necessary responsiveness, enabling you to push out new or updated products, services, and experiences with unprecedented speed. This helps your business be more productive, innovative, and completely agile, allowing you to outshine the competition.
Improved Disaster Recovery
When your network or applications unexpectedly fail or crash, downtime can directly impact your bottom line and ongoing business operations. In extreme cases, data and monetary losses from unplanned outages can even cause a company to go out of business! Business continuity has traditionally been based on maintaining secondary disaster recovery sites that replicate production footprints but often lead to gaps in cyber resiliency and delays in moving workloads and data.
Cloud models for disaster recovery now enable per-application disaster recovery and cyber resiliency that provide tailored responsiveness based on the business needs of applications. The cloud is more reliable than on-premise backup methods and offers the added benefit of allowing companies to restore lost data at any time from any location. Whether you experience a natural disaster, power failure, or other crisis, having your data stored in the cloud ensures it is backed up and protected in a secure and safe location.
Provides Valuable Data
Data analytics is the key to driving productivity, efficiency, and revenue growth. You can transform your data into actionable insights using best-in-class machine learning tools and advanced analytics with cloud computing. The cloud also makes data integration from numerous sources easier and lets you bring much more data together, including highly valuable unstructured or unlabeled data that was previously locked away or hard to use (such as unstructured notes from call center interactions).
Analyzing data sets will help organizations make informed decisions – it can identify weaknesses and areas of strength so businesses can decide on what they want to focus on to enhance business growth. Data analytics strengthens business by encouraging disciplined thinking, data-driven decision-making, keeping key decision-makers focused, improving processes, and optimizing communication between business leaders to drive the right conversations for the business’s success.
For example, Power BI provides interactive visualizations with self-service business intelligence capabilities. You can create reports and dashboards, analyze various data sources and collaborate with multiple teams across the organization for effective decision-making.
Boost Business Growth with Cloud Solutions from OnPar Technologies
The cloud is much more than scalable infrastructure – it’s a catalyst for business innovation, reinvention, and growth. When your data, platforms, and applications are in the cloud, you can share information in real-time, reimagining how value is created.
At OnPar Technologies, we provide comprehensive cloud solutions to businesses in North Carolina. We’re the leading Microsoft partner offering Microsoft 365 support, Windows 10 support, Microsoft SharePoint support and development, and Microsoft Azure services. Our approach puts your business needs first, creating industry-specific solutions to harness the power of cloud computing. We will work with you every step of the way, from migration to cloud management, to help your business achieve measurable, extraordinary value. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discover how our cloud solutions can help your organization maximize productivity, minimize service disruptions, and accelerate business growth.