There’s no denying it — the Cloud has changed the face of business forever. Recently, LinkSource and DirectRFP®’s own Jason Newbold sat down with Enterprise Radio Podcast to share his thoughts on why the Cloud is such a gamechanger and what trends we can look out for in 2020.
Not so long ago, companies were required to buy physical IT and telecom hardware — hardware that was exceedingly expensive to purchase and operate.
Enter the Cloud.
Unlike the traditional ‘pay and own’ model, the Cloud allows companies to operate on a ‘pay what you use’ model — meaning companies no longer have to pay for services and technology they don’t use.
“With the Cloud, companies only pay for what they use. No longer do they pay for off-operations periods, such as overnight,” says Jason.
One of the biggest game-changers offered by the Cloud is how quickly companies are now able to deploy their IT infrastructure. “Traditional IT hardware systems can take up to six months to procure, install, and deploy,” shared Jason. But with the Cloud, the hardware is already ready to plug into, meaning that deployment can now be completed in as little as 30 days Jason went on to explain.
Further, the virtual nature of the Cloud has given teams great freedoms in terms of their ability to remotely fix issues.
With physical IT hardware, issues had to be fixed on-site. For teams with multiple locations, this meant either having to staff each location with an IT expert or bring experts — leading to big resource expenses. With the Cloud, on the other hand, teams can now easily fix issues over the internet without having to be physically located where the issue actually took place.
Lastly, the Cloud offers companies the flexibility to scale their services up or down as needed. For companies with changing resources, this flexibility can come in extremely handy during downturns in staffing needs. For example, a company that may need 1,000 seats at the moment, may suddenly find itself only needing 500 six months from now. Under the ‘pay and own’ model, regardless of resourcing changes, the company would be stuck with the entire 1,000 seats they purchased.
By comparison, the flexibility of the Cloud means that a company would have no trouble eliminating those extra 500 seats they’re no longer using — leading to huge savings. Similarly, when that service needs spike, the Cloud also allows companies to quickly add additional seats as needed.
Looking ahead, Jason expects most companies to shift to a Cloud model over the course of the next five years. For companies considering making the shift, Jason went on to caution that proper transitioning comes down to proper planning — without planning, the benefits of the Cloud could be lost.
To catch the full podcast, head over to Enterprise Radio here.