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Why companies are moving to the cloud

Top Reasons Why Companies Are Actively Moving to The Cloud

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Introduction

Cloud computing has remained a hot topic for quite some time now and businesses are rapidly shifting their processes to the cloud for streamlined workflows and increased productivity. With cloud efficiency saving millions of dollars, companies are eagerly coming forward to reap its benefits. Let’s find out how moving to the cloud is helping companies transform themselves.

Top Reasons Why Companies Are Actively Moving to The Cloud

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XcelPros is a Microsoft Gold Partner, Direct Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) and a Systems Integrator (SI) offering software licensing, implementation and consulting services for Microsoft Dynamics 365, CRM, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Business Intelligence & Analytics (Power BI), SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure (Cloud, IOT, Microsoft Flow amongst many others).

Our mission is to provide integrated technology solutions that amplify impact and empower our customer’s businesses. We believe technology is the key enabler of exponential growth for us and our customers.

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Three actions CEOs can take to get value from cloud computing

3 actions CEOs need to take to get benefits of cloud computing

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At a Glance

  • The decisive role of C-suite executives in a company’s digital transformation is crucial in driving business towards success.
  • When it comes to the goals and benefits of cloud computing, CEO’s need to take charge and be involved in the strategies to make sure that the blueprint matches the company’s requirements.
  • CEOs need to align with the CTO’s and CIOs to get the maximum advantages of cloud computing and make sure that the digital transformation journey is a smooth one.

The last decade has seen accelerated growth and transformation in various industries as they embrace the digital thread. There has been a pressing need for companies to streamline their processes and optimize their operations to go agile. However, the Covid-19 pandemic left a mark on every industry and made agility (along with flexibility) an inevitable aspect of business growth. To that end, companies are now looking to go for. This pandemic made remote working the new normal and thus advantages of cloud hosting became quite apparent. The benefits of cloud computing are many. Top executives are looking for ways to move their practices and applications to a better tomorrow.

These strategic moves have to start at the top to be cascaded down for maximum efficiency. This is where CEOs come into the picture as they can accelerate growth and take their companies on the path of agility and digital transformation while exploring the benefits of cloud computing.

32%

of IT budgets will be dedicated to the cloud within the next 12 months.

Source: IDG Cloud Computing

‘Above 30%’ of the budget is a huge amount. When such a big investment is made by a company, a lot rides on the shoulders of the chief person in charge- the CEO. So, if you are a CEO who is guiding the company towards a path of digital overhaul and you wish to harness business & economic advantages of the cloud, you need to take certain decisive actions! Read on to know more about this.

3 Game-changing Actions CEO’s Need to Take When it Comes to Cloud Adoption

First, it is important to understand why the role of a CEO in cloud strategy is so important. In order to make cloud adoption a success for your company, as a CEO you need to strategize the transitional moves and make sure that all the cogs in the wheel are functioning properly for a smooth journey.

According to David Cearley, Vice President and Gartner Fellow, “Organizations that do not have a high-level cloud strategy driven by their business strategy will significantly increase their risk of failure and wasted investment.”

So here’s what you need to do to ensure your employees understand why cloud computing is important and your company can get the benefits of digital transformation:

1.Communicate and Inculcate Behavioral Change in the Organization: As a CEO, this might be one of the most important actions that you would need to take in order to ensure successful cloud implementation. Any disruptive change creates certain resistance amongst the employees. While some might be worried about their skills becoming obsolete, others would be apprehensive about security when it comes to cloud-based systems. However, when the communication is direct and concise, employees can be in the know-how. The behavioral shift can also be supported through in-house communication campaigns, alignment with the heads of respective functions, preparing HR policies in place, and ensuring talent acquisition for smooth cloud implementation.

2.Keeping the Financial Flow Stable: The goals and benefits of cloud computing can be met only through proper funding. As a CEO, it is important to create a financial funnel that supports every step in the company’s cloud transition journey. It may take some time for your business to get complete advantage of cloud computing. It is thus important to make sure that the financial backing is stable and consistent.

Figure: 1Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud Adoption Strategy Drivers

3.Create a Business Strategy Blueprint for Cloud: A business transition is only as efficient as the planning that goes behind it. It is crucial to create a business strategy and a supporting technology operating model to get optimal value from cloud computing. Such a model harmonizes processes for collaborative interaction between IT and business and will unleash the potential.

In summation, the advantages of cloud computing can be reaped through a high-level strategy. A seamless harmony between the CEO, CIO, and CTO can turn a digital transformation journey into a profitable avenue for the business.

Key Takeaways

  • CEO’s need to look into cloud computing strategies from a long-term point of view and ensure that the company is allocated with the budget and resources for cloud implementation.
  • Right communication is the key in migration to the cloud: the employees should get these communications from C-suite executives in order to develop trust and ensure adherence to governance guidelines.
  • Simply implementing cloud is not going to generate value for a business. Higher-level executives (especially the CEO) need to take lead in the journey towards digital transformation.

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About XcelPros

XcelPros is a Chicago-based company delivering transformation through technology. We offer business and technology solutions with deep industry experience in Chemical, Pharma, Life Sciences (including Medical Devices, Bio-Medical & Biotech), Insurance, Discrete Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Distribution and Food & Beverage.

XcelPros is a Microsoft Gold Partner, Direct Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) and a Systems Integrator (SI) offering software licensing, implementation and consulting services for Microsoft Dynamics 365, CRM, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Business Intelligence & Analytics (Power BI), SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure (Cloud, IOT, Microsoft Flow amongst many others).

Our mission is to provide integrated technology solutions that amplify impact and empower our customer’s businesses. We believe technology is the key enabler of exponential growth for us and our customers.

Contact XcelPros today to transform your business.

Call us toll-free – 1.855.411.0585 (or) visit www.xcelpros.com

Clearing the Air About Cloud- 7 Cloud Myths Debunked

Clearing the Air About Cloud: 7 Cloud Myths Debunked

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At a Glance

  • Cloud migration is one of the most prominent IT overhaul strategies that many companies need go through to become more agile.
  • As often witnessed with any new technology (and its offerings), there are certain misconceptions about cloud computing, migration to the cloud and data security.
  • To harness the most out of your company’s investment in the cloud, you need to understand the misconceptions and be able to see past them.
  • Upper management needs to realise the significant business gains when moving to the cloud.

Agility and flexibility are perhaps two of the biggest drivers for companies looking to overhaul their IT infrastructure. For many companies, cloud adoption is an important step in that direction.

74%

of participant companies have moved a cloud-based app back on their premises after failing to see an anticipated return.

Source: HIS Markit

The upper management and IT departments of most companies often start with a vision of unlimited possibilities when they begin exploring the idea of integrating their IT strategy into the cloud, and often get discouraged because they buy into certain cloud myths and misconceptions. These myths can often poison an otherwise perfect vision, making it difficult to see the real benefit that migrating to the cloud can offer any business. From an early stage, it’s imperative to understand that simply transitioning to cloud computing is not a one-step-solution for better performance. You will need to make it work for you – and that’s the beauty of computing in the cloud, you can customize your experience to suit your unique business needs.

The first step is to dispel misinformation in some of the most commonly heard cloud computing myths.

7 Common Myths about Cloud

1.Cloud is All About Cost-efficiency:Many CIO’s we come in contact with have a notion about the cloud – that it is (or should always be) the cheaper option. Truely, when you compare CAPEX vs. OPEX, the cloud is most certainly a cost-effective option. Unfortunately, this is a somewhat layered and nuanced determination. It should be understood that the initial migration of workload to the cloud can be a very disruptive and resource-intensive process. There can be latency issues and if the entire strategy is not in place before the migration begins, these issues can multiply rapidly.

2.Everything in Cloud is Automated: The cost of skilled resources often gets forgotten when a company believes that the cloud can operate without interaction. While it is true that the cloud offers high levels of automation and many self-reliant features, there will still be a need for skilled professionals to manage the infrastructure. Additionally, simply managing and maintaining the cloud will continue to require human intervention.

3.Security on the cloud is not on par with in-house data centers: This is by far one of the most prevalent cloud myths that becomes a major sticking point and concern for CIOs. While data security is not something to be taken lightly, the fact is that cloud computing security issues only occur because of failure to adhere to regulations and governance guidelines. In fact, in recent years, cloud service providers (CSPs) have invested millions in strengthening their security capabilities.

Figure: 1Know Your Cloud Concerns: Myth or Fact?

Cloud Concerns Myth or Fact?

4.Application-wise transition to cloud is the best way to go:A lot of planning goes into cloud adoption and migration strategies. However, a common misconception is that the transition needs to take place for each individual application. Doing it this way results in significantly higher costs for the company as they end up paying more for the in-house data centers and the CSPs to host the apps. The right way is to move entire business domains to the cloud at once.

5.The downtime in cloud migration will have a huge impact on business:While it’s true that any big transition can be intimidating, companies are most often apprehensive about migrating to the cloud because of the misinformation regarding downtime and other difficulties involved. This is one of the older myths, no longer applicable as the larger number of experienced service providers available to help companies smooth the transition all but eliminates this risk.

6.Cloud is yet to approach maturity:We may have all heard this by now, and we’ve been hearing it a long time – the benefits sound enticing, but the cloud is still at a nascent stage and the many disadvantages of cloud computing present red flags, but this is no longer entirely true. In fact, the rapid pace of new innovations when it comes to the cloud is because the cloud in fact has reached maturity, and will only get better from here.

7.Moving to the cloud can cost jobs:Cloud adoption often meets with resistance as there’s a big misconception that it will lead to resources becoming obsolete. Fortunately for us, this couldn’t be farther from the truth as the constant innovations in the cloud are actually paving the way for more opportunities for skilled professionals. In the future, we should see educational branches dedicated to training young coders and developers in shared, public and dedicated cloud environments.

Misconceptions can lead a company in the wrong direction. Knowledge about the cloud and understanding the benefits helps you discern the myths to unlock your business’s true potential. Modern cloud computing capabilities far outweigh the difficulties in cloud adoption and should support your vision every step of the way.

Key Takeaways

  • Companies need to look at the cloud as a comprehensive step towards agility and flexibility and not simply as a cost-effective investment.
  • Getting skilled professionals onboard is imperative to dispel cloud myths and get the maximum ROI.

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About XcelPros

XcelPros is a Chicago-based company delivering transformation through technology. We offer business and technology solutions with deep industry experience in Chemical, Pharma, Life Sciences (including Medical Devices, Bio-Medical & Biotech), Insurance, Discrete Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Distribution and Food & Beverage.

XcelPros is a Microsoft Gold Partner, Direct Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) and a Systems Integrator (SI) offering software licensing, implementation and consulting services for Microsoft Dynamics 365, CRM, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Business Intelligence & Analytics (Power BI), SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure (Cloud, IOT, Microsoft Flow amongst many others).

Our mission is to provide integrated technology solutions that amplify impact and empower our customer’s businesses. We believe technology is the key enabler of exponential growth for us and our customers.

Contact XcelPros today to transform your business.

Call us toll-free – 1.855.411.0585 (or) visit www.xcelpros.com