It would not be an exaggeration to state that most business enterprises are either planning or have already moved to cloud. This is applicable to businesses of all sizes and from all categories across the globe. But what are driving factors towards this widespread cloud adoption?
Let’s check out.
The projected growth of 18% percent CAGR between 2019 and 2026 for expenditure involved in adoption of cloud platforms as well as infrastructure by globenewswire is a sound testimony to the extent of cloud adoption by organizations.
Accelerated growth of cloud can be measured by the number of workloads that are increasingly being shifted to cloud as well as enhancement of total IT budget that is earmarked for cloud computing.
We need to look at some of the interesting results of a study conducted by Cloud Security Alliance in order to understand the overall attitude of enterprises towards cloud computing. The study revealed that one third of all organizations that were surveyed are serious about adopting cloud services lock stock and barrel.
As many as 71 percent of enterprises, are already spending some part of IT budget towards IT services. There are another 61 percent of organizations that have migrated their workloads to the cloud in 2020.
Cloud services have been helping organizations improve productivity; improve market response time, and lower cost that also account for the key business drivers for cloud adoption. This was the opinion of 460 decision makers in senior positions of finance functions across diverse enterprises.
The study conducted by reputed market research company Vanson Bourne and titled as ‘The Business Impact of Cloud’ listed 11 factors that can be termed as drivers of cloud adoption in addition to specific improvements that are mentioned above. Platform as a service (PaaS) will grow by 21% in 2021. And in the study conducted by Vanson Bourne, the 460 finance executives that participated, despite their non-IT backgrounds, have been actively engaged in discussing cloud adoption strategies in their respective organizations.
The following figures of growth percentage speak volumes about role of cloud services in overall improvement in various business aspects of companies. The average improvement in terms of time to market was 20.66 percent and process efficiency improved by 18.80 percent. The important impact of cloud services was reduction of IT expenditure by 15.07 percent leading to overall organizational growth of 19.63 percent. Quantifiable improvements in organizational efficiency have been reported to be linked with cloud adoption.
Cloud computing is primarily available as SaaS (Software as a Service) IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service). Following are some driving factors towards cloud computing in either of the ways:
Thanks to cloud based SaaS, customers can lay their hands on the fresh software no sooner than it is ready for release. One can instantly transfer new functionalities existing software and features by way of updates.
The most visible change of cloud is reduction of existing IT infrastructure without any impact on capabilities. Many organizations have been able to entirely eliminate the need for onsite infrastructure by reducing staff expenditure and maintenance costs of physical infrastructure.
Flexibility is one of the key business drivers for cloud adoption. In sharp contrast to the traditional systems, cloud solutions are extremely flexible as far as payment methods are concerned. Consumers of cloud resources pay only for the amount utilized in terms of infrastructure and server capabilities. Additional capacities can always be provisioned or decommissioned in response to demand fluctuations. Unlike traditional methods, there is no instance of unutilized capacity lying idle.
Irrespective of geographical location of users, cloud ensures that data as well as application are incessantly made available.
Cloud based applications facilitate employees to work from anywhere with help of internet enabled smart devices. Employees can even work while on the go.
Collaboration is hallmark of cloud applications since they enable dispersed workgroups to come together on cloud platforms via shared usage and share information as well as collectively work on the data in real time. This facilitates the acceleration of product development and minimization of time required for marketing by improving customer service.
Organizations can considerably mitigate expenditure for purchasing hardware components or equipment since these factors are taken care of by cloud service providers. Since the entire platform is remotely positioned, this setup turns out to be more affordable than onsite datacenters.
Organizations are able to face economic slowdown or recession, thanks to flexibility of cost structure. Cloud computing leverages pay-as-you-use model with no contractual obligations, so clients are not bound to pay any fee except for the resources deployed.
Users of cloud services are empowered with the flexibility of capacity that can be easily tuned up or down to enhance optimization. The examples can be seen in cloud hosting, dedicated server hosting, and many other related services.
Cloud computing is extremely accommodative and can help organizations adapt to new business models that are necessitated with mergers or acquisitions. Migration can be highly cost intensive and excruciatingly slow in traditional models.
Cloud computing is contributing to the global environment by reducing the number of data centers and improving work efficiency. As part of the global green initiative, cloud providers are mostly green hosts and make use of renewable energy sources as much as the energy-requirements allow.
Organizations need to address concerns related to data security and regulatory compliance in order to explore the fascinating advantages of cloud computing.