3 benefits of building a cloud-enabled business

  • Cost savings, revenue gains, and improved collaboration spur cloud adoption.

  • Moving enterprise assets to the cloud can speed development efforts and time to market.

  • Scaling and consolidation of resources via the cloud reduces spending and increases agility.

Spending on cloud services is on the rise, with enterprises turning to the cloud to extend their traditional enterprise computing resources because of cost, revenue, and collaboration benefits. From reduced equipment costs to improved scaling of resources, here are three things your organization may accomplish in moving to the cloud:

1. Reduce equipment costs

Switching from the capital cost structure that most companies have employed for their computing services to an operational, expense-based cloud environment can make a big difference in budgeting. Enterprises can reduce the costs of equipment replacement and update cycles with more predictable models when cloud providers, rather than internal IT, handle cloud-based systems replacements. Usage fluctuations are accommodated by usage-based monthly charges. This kind of elasticity is a key benefit of using cloud-based services.


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2. Drive revenue through innovation

The competitive nature of business and its dependence on computing innovation makes the adoption of cloud-based resources a necessity. The traditional approach to experimenting with a new application or process requires investment in hardware and software separately from the main computing environment. This approach provides a sandbox to prevent any missteps in the development process from interfering with ongoing business operations.

With cloud-based systems, an enterprise can deploy new instances of server configurations in minutes, complete with application development tools. As projects grow, the resources can be scaled instantly as needed and even transitioned to production-grade environments using the same services. Conversely, if a project proves unproductive, it can be deleted and the computing resource decommissioned without additional capital outlay.

3. Collaborate beyond borders

A few years ago, collaboration primarily meant working together with other companies. Today, collaboration extends both internally and externally as office environments are no longer confined to a single building, or even to a single campus. The rise of distributed environments with remote workers has increased the need for individuals to collaborate regardless of their location. Cloud computing systems offer the perfect blend of capabilities and global reach to support remote workers.

Communication systems, document storage, and computational systems accessible as online resources allow enterprise assets to be shared with role-based security so that appropriate access is granted on an individual basis. IT is able to consolidate assets in appropriately sized cloud-based systems paid for and allocated as needed.

With new opportunities to cut costs, increase revenues, and enhance collaboration created by the cloud, it’s no wonder cloud spending is on the rise. For the enterprise, the cloud helps boost competitiveness, and that’s why budgeting for cloud services isn’t likely to slow any time soon.

Scott Koegler is an independent business writer and the author of this blog. All opinions are his own. AT&T has sponsored this blog post.

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