The rapid growth in Cloud computing technology has left some businesses and their IT managers trailing behind, unable to keep abreast of changes and, therefore, unable to access the best solutions for their enterprises. Furthermore, the evolution of the Cloud has posed logistical problems for many businesses in integrating the latest developments with existing IT arrangements.
A Solution, Or An Additional Layer Of Problems?
With UK businesses now spending more on the Cloud infrastructure than on on-site IT, it’s vital that managers can stay ahead of change and integrate the most appropriate Cloud solutions to enjoy the cost savings and efficiencies that modern IT solutions offer. But it begs the question – is cloud computing now too complex for many in-house business operations, and are the problems it can cause – e.g. a lack of integration between essential software platforms – worth the benefits?
Cloud computing is the story of business IT since 2010 and we’ve seen first-hand the difference it can make to businesses who implement cloud-based systems effectively. However, yes, in some cases, trying to install too many disparate and un-integrated cloud systems can cause more headaches than it solves. The solution, though, isn’t less cloud but more, with the assistance of an experienced IT support company, like TMB, with expertise in cloud migration and integration.
How To Choose The Best IT Support Partnership For Your Cloud Computing Requirements
It isn’t just non-IT SMEs that have been left bewildered by the explosion of cloud technology over the past decade; many IT specialists have less than perfect knowledge of the cloud themselves. This is due to cloud technology being such a new and emerging field, and not something that IT-managed service providers traditionally got involved with.
With the Cloud landscape growing rapidly and becoming increasingly more complex, your business depends on IT solutions that relevant and on point. A service provider that doesn’t live and breathe the latest cloud solutions and platforms, is unlikely to be equipped to provide efficient solutions to your business requirements today. Perhaps even worse, an IT business that isn’t au fait with Cloud evolution may recommend outdated services that aren’t cost-effective, necessary, or secure.
Migrating To The Cloud The Right Way, And The Wrong Way
Attempting to migrate your IT systems to the cloud piecemeal by yourself, or working with an IT service provider without direct and accredited cloud experience, may leave you with a range of problems:
- Elevated security threats: The increasing popularity of remote working exposes businesses to cybercrime, so cloud solutions must deliver a robust strategy to keep all parts of the business safe, from all locations.
- Disorganised transitioning: Moving effectively from locally installed legacy systems to cloud computing means the transition of essential business information, without loss of data, system downtime, or interruptions to continuity. Failing to do this seamlessly puts sales orders and relationships with customers or suppliers at risk, and can cause frustration and confusion among your employees.
- Architectural mistakes: A bespoke cloud computing strategy means delivering the integrated services that a business needs now, while preparing for future growth and demand. This is very different from taking out cloud-based software subscriptions as and when it seems convenient, and cancelling them when not. Architectural mistakes, such as utilising too much technology, not building for a business’ specific requirements, or failing to plan for change, are the main causes of inefficiency and unnecessary complexity.
Bespoke Cloud IT Solutions
The growth of the cloud means businesses face a confusing array of solutions. Public cloud, hybrid cloud, private cloud, cloud-first… these are terms that many business owners won’t necessarily know about, and nor should they need to, without expert support that takes account of each business’ unique needs.
For example, many organisations opt for a hybrid cloud strategy that combines cloud SaaS (Software as a service) with on-site IT systems, as some applications are more suited to a blended approach. Others distribute software, applications, and data storage across multiple cloud environments. The key to unlocking the best solution is to engage with an IT services provider, such as TMB, who understands the technology and how to apply it effectively and appropriately to benefit your business.
At TMB, our experienced IT engineers are committed to delivering outstanding cloud solutions that guarantee uptime and durability for your business. To find out more, please give us a call, or click here to send us a message.
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