Organizations are noticing challenges and frustrations (or finding opportunities, whichever way you look at it :-) ) when operating in the traditional model of self-hosted or "server" applications. There are a lot of benefits for teams who move to cloud, although it's not always an option.
We work with a lot of organizations as they make the move to cloud and change the way they operate. The innovators and early adopters are making the switch, when they can. As cloud offerings have matured significantly over the last 5 years or so in terms of data security, compliance, and product features, the early and late majority are coming across also.
Below we will have a look at what are some of the drivers to the cloud switch, and what the Cloud key benefits are.
**The technology adoptions lifecycle from "Crossing the Chasm" by Geoffrey A Moore, image source: http://www.themarketingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/chasm-adoption-lifecycle.jpeg
Avoid running on old product versions
- Moving to Cloud keeps you on the latest version, every time.
- Leveraging the economies of scale, you can outsource the application management and let your team focus on what they do best.
- Old versions of software prevent your team gets access to the latest innovations and enhancements as soon as they are available, allowing your processes (and business) to evolve faster, gaining a competitive advantage.
Provide access to software from anywhere
- As the needs of the workforce and market change, you can adapt. When hiring new team members, many people expect flexible hours, or remote access to systems.
- Have an emergency on a project and need fast collaboration to solve the issue, access to cloud allows teams to effectively communicate in times of need.
- Have someone on the team who is just recovered from being sick (or potentially coming down with something) and may still be contagious? Perhaps your team travels overseas to meet other teams (in their winter / flu season)? Cloud systems allow your employees to work from home in a "self assessed quarantine" that prevents sickness spreading through the workforce. Other team members don't get sick and the work doesn't pile up, a win win situation.
- Want to offer flexible working hours, or to facilitate working from home or remote locations?
- Need to leave early for a family function, kids school event, or just want to finish off a few things on the train home?
- Want to expand your business into multiple countries while keeping systems easy to manage? There are many benefits to moving to cloud.
Where Server is the more appropriate choice
Cloud isn't the answer for every situation and we hear you. You might be reading this thinking our organizations has various requirements that just can't be met with a Cloud solution.
These requirements generally come out of needing control over the data or control of the systems and outage timing. Control of the data, is often due to government regulations and is concerning the hosting of sensitive data that should not be hosted in another country. This is because it introduces a risk or susceptibility to additional sets of laws and potentially accessible to a foreign government.
Control over systems and timing, refers to selecting the timing for upgrades and deployments that best suit your teams. Whether this is working around their release schedules to reduce disruptions, or making use of public holidays in other countries to get the updates out.
A side benefit of using server products is that they allow you to pick your own domain name.
Whichever option you choose to go with, ServiceRocket can help. Reach out to our team to discuss your situation and get guidance and recommendations specific to your uses.