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Posted February 13, 2019 in Cloud

Does moving to the cloud radically change business models?

To organizations considering migrating to the cloud, the change can feel gigantic. It should. The cloud changes some fundamental ways IT infrastructures function, so it should be given the kind of weight it deserves. That being said, the cloud doesn’t necessarily require an organization to change its core business model or the way it produces its value. Instead, the cloud enables greater value production and provides a foundation for innovation.

There’s a lot of talk about digital transformation and readying organizations for future technology; the cloud is at the center of this preparation. In the past, a business would need to evaluate their current IT capacity at every crossroad. Could it support growth? Could it support a new app? Could it support a new product? In order to answer these questions with anything other than, “No,” an organization would need to constantly pay for more IT capacity than they need on a daily basis so they can support the short bursts of increased activity. Unless a business is flush with extra cash, paying for tech capacity they rarely need isn’t always possible, which is why a lot of businesses don’t do it and they suffer the consequences of insufficient infrastructure.

Enabling Growth and Innovation

Maintaining the status quo with IT infrastructure can shine a spotlight on an organization’s values. Unfortunately, it can demonstrate that innovation or their customer’s end-user experience aren’t priorities. Because cloud services are so heavily focused on progress and removing barriers to exceptional user experiences, failure to adopt this technology and favouring an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” mentality can stifle a culture of innovation. With the speed of technology, organizations can’t afford to rest on their laurels for even a minute.

Not as impossible as it sounds

It’s tempting to think about technology as a race so impossible to win that there’s no point in even entering, but migrating to the cloud is actually an opportunity to feel like you’re keeping pace. Cloud technologies create an environment where organizations can be more agile than ever before and have the freedom to scale up or down in an instant. Instead of making many micro decisions about things like allocating budget to servers and ensuring that those servers are being maintained, organizations can choose to migrate to the cloud and benefit from the flexibility it offers.

Preparation is success

Cloud migration is all about preparation. As we already said, this is a big change and those leading the charge in their organization’s cloud adoption will need to think about all of the moving parts and how to keep their services running while this change is taking place. Cloud adoption experts can assess how migrating to the cloud will impact your business and then will formulate a plan for a successful migration. Most organizations that struggle with cloud adoption are underprepared for the change and lack a comprehensive plan for the move. If you’re considering migrating to the cloud, make sure that you consult with a cloud specialist to make the process as smooth as possible.

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