The Challenges Of Shifting To Cloud Technology
Cloud technology is used by at least 70% of U.S. organizations (IDG Enterprise). It’s everywhere you look, and in various forms: private, public, hybrid, etc. The reason? Companies have realized moving to the cloud is extremely beneficial for their business.
Companies that adopted cloud services found that they experienced a 19% average increase in process efficiency, 15% reduction in IT spending and a 16% reduction in operational costs. All in all, these benefits led to a 20% increase in company growth!
Still, moving to the cloud presents certain challenges that organizations must overcome in order to reap the benefits. Here are the top 4:
Moving to the cloud means change on a large scale. People are told they must adapt to new processes and leave the old, familiar systems behind. This isn’t always easy for everyone to accept, and cloud technologies have often been met with resistance. Resistance, as you can imagine, causes a number of problems, the most obvious one being conflict. But it also causes low adoption rates and can dramatically affect your project timeline. To avoid this, introduce the technology as early as possible. Train often, allow plenty of time for people to adjust, and create a space for employees to voice their concerns and feel heard.
Every organization should have a clearly defined strategy and timeline for moving to the cloud. Unfortunately, not everyone does. This causes projects to veer off track and become overly complex. And ultimately, that means it takes more time than necessary to move to the cloud, which is already a slow process.
Organizations report that shifting data over to the cloud takes a substantial amount of effort and man hours. And often, companies face the obstacle of connecting their current legacy systems (which are usually not “cloud friendly”) with newer cloud-based business applications. Getting stuck at this part of the process can put a damper on your project timeline. Utilize services that support migration to the cloud, and create a hybrid environment if necessary.
Aside from resistance, cost is usually where companies face the most difficulty. They either can’t secure enough of a budget, have trouble estimating the true cost of migrating, or run into difficulties managing the costs. As a matter of fact, BitMascot reports that around 30-40% of budget allocated for the cloud is wasted. Take advantage of the amazing wealth of knowledge on cloud technologies and enterprise solutions, and find tips that will help you stay on budget. And cost-effective services are readily available. Just research to find the right one for your company.
The fear of security issues keeps a large number of organizations from moving to the cloud. 49% of CIOs and CSOs feel that fear of data loss and leakage is one of the major barriers to cloud adoption. 59% believe that traditional network security tools work only somewhat or not at all. For those that are able to overcome that fear, the challenge then becomes keeping their data safe and secure within the cloud. There are many services that do just that. But some are more secure than others. How can you tell the difference? Experts recommend something called an SOC 2 report, which demonstrates the security behind a company’s financial transactions. Online tech explains, “People want to be able to trust their data providers with confidential information, and a clean SOC 2 report means companies can depend on their hosting provider for secure, compliant hosting.”
Moving to the cloud can present a fair amount of challenges. Let’s face these challenges together. Sign up for a risk free demo of our Emgage Intranet Solution today.