Over the past six years cloud computing has grown immensely and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down any time in the near future. There are plenty of reasons behind this huge growth which have been discussed time and again. What haven’t been discussed so much are the consequences of this growth.
Although efficiency, stability and agility are definitely some of the advantages that any IT company gains from cloud computing, the biggest advantage and in fact the final destination is innovation. Companies that incorporate cloud computing and use the advantage it gives them to innovate have seen their IT department becoming a strategic one that identifies and uses new business opportunities and avenues of revenue generation. Businesses that were late in the game aren’t nearly as successful. Their systems management strategies are obsolete and their infrastructure is anything but stable.
The worst hit are the IT departments that haven’t gotten on to the cloud bandwagon. They are swamped by requests for new services, while supporting the current systems that are completely outdated – all of this because they haven’t invested in new systems that can help them innovate and grow their business. This leads to a contentious relationship between the stakeholders and the IT departments.
Those IT departments that go for cloud computing even now find that they can break out of these negative situations when they reinvent the way they deliver services to the companies. In the end, the way the business operates is much more flexible and responds to the needs of the business.
Some examples of cloud computing fuelling innovation are:
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Currently a company’s IT abides by the 80%-20% rule. This rule states that only 20% of the IT’s cost and time can go towards new innovations and 80% must go towards maintaining legacy systems. Cloud computing is changing these percentages and therefore, moving the focus of IT towards innovation.
The cloud helps to rampantly increase the ability of one system to work and join with other systems. This means that integration occurs between a wide range of devices, applications and systems and it is almost completely seamless. The innovations that arise from this kind of an integration affect the fields of business intelligence, consumer interaction and communication amongst others.
Thanks to the advent of the cloud, IT security has also seen a great amount of innovation. This is because that it is more efficient and exact to use methods of managing, assessing and monitoring vulnerabilities from the outside rather than the inside.
While most companies do move to the cloud because of its ease of use and lower costs, the unforeseen benefit is the edge it gives them when it comes to innovation.
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