You've heard a bunch about it, but why, really, should you move to the cloud?
The features and capabilities of the Microsoft SharePoint platform, Office 365, are abundant. As IT departments stretch budgets and attempt to make the most of the infrastructure and applications to meet their organization’s needs, many are turning toward the cloud.
According to an e-book by Microsoft, Trend Report: Why Business are Moving to the Cloud, “large enterprises are making heavier use of cloud-based applications than their smaller counterparts.” However, smaller and medium-sized companies are expected to quickly catch up within the next few years.
Expect to see some pretty great benefits when you move to the cloud...
As cloud adoption accelerates, IT professionals cite a number of benefits. In fact, according to the trend report, “As a result of using a cloud approach, nearly 80% (of the respondents surveyed) said they’re saving money and seeing more productivity and better security.”
1 → The latest versions of needed applications are available as soon as they’re released. No extra work is required for these automatic upgrades, patches, and updates.
2 → Cloud computing enables organizations to downsize—or even eliminate—their data centers. Reducing the number of servers, software costs, and IT staff can cut costs without hindering a business’ tech capabilities.
3 → Cloud providers are now very reliable in providing their services. As long as the end user has an Internet connection, they can access what they need anytime, anywhere.
4 → Cloud computing accommodates faster changes to optimize a business’ speed and efficiency.
5 → Cloud applications improve collaboration by allowing users to meet virtually and share information via shared storage and in real time. This can improve customer service and enable business leaders to make critical decisions faster.
6 → Subscription-based model cost savings are more cost-effective than buying each user his or her own licenses.
But what about the risks of migration and security?
Speaking of security, there are a number of enterprises hesitant to make the move for fear their data isn't safe. According to a previous KnowledgeLake blog post about the subject, “content can be kept safely in the cloud. And yes, in some cases, may be significantly safer than how you are storing content now."
If you’re ready to make the leap, a number of enterprises big and small will warn you that Microsoft Office 365 migrations are not easy; even the most well established organizations need expert help. At KnowledgeLake, every migration solution is tailored to your business’ specific needs, ensuring your most important data is safely moved and secured on a recognized and tested platform.
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