It’s the high level of scalability and adaptability to new challenges that affect the business, as well as the cost reduction it offers, and these are some of the values that make the cloud a guarantee of continuity for organizations.
Adapting to change is one of the main concerns for professionals in any discipline or area, mainly with regard to corporate, operational and business management, and that’s where models of technology implementation in the cloud take on special relevance.
The benefits of cloud solutions
Business solutions in the cloud have direct benefits that allow businesses to evolve faster in the face of any challenge, including high scalability capabilities, cost reduction, or simplifying and favoring DevOps strategies.
Here are the four main advantages that companies with cloud implementations can benefit from:
– Cost reduction: Implementing software through a public cloud solution reduces both infrastructure costs and IT maintenance costs. Thus, the implementation of a cloud solution will generally have a lower number of associated costs.
– Greater flexibility: Cloud solutions allow a more agile reaction to the demands of any business. When growth, a specific crisis, or mere seasonality change the needs, the flexibility that this modality presents allows us to address that in the correct way and on time, with an adequate solution, something that also reverts to a better experience for the user. Flexibility also leads to efficiency which in turn leads to savings in operating costs. This is actually the “affirmation” of the point above.
– Faster time-to-market: The implementation of new solutions or the evolution of existing ones is made more agile with a public cloud infrastructure. From the beginning, developers have everything they need to carry out the relevant developments that the context demands, which results in a decrease in the time-to-market of these solutions, adding value to the business and guaranteeing its continuity with the maximum speed.
– Ease of use: In general, cloud solutions simplify infrastructure management. IT teams no longer need to maintain physical servers and can instead use interfaces from cloud solutions to facilitate configuration and monitoring.
In times of crisis, these capabilities can greatly help to overcome eventualities and maintain business operations, playing an essential role in its continuity. Companies that have opted for cloud solutions in the field of user experience will be able, without a doubt, to innovate and adapt to changes by incorporating tools and initiatives that adjust to the new context and in a faster time than their competitors. For those who are not familiar with these changes, they should gradually adapt to cloud based application development.
The cloud is for everyone
The cloud is for everyone, but not for everything, it is a frequently repeated phrase, to which we add: it is better in small steps. In this post, we will write about the implications for traditional ICT providers of going from delivering large turnkey projects to being integrators of solutions based on cloud computing.
Before getting into the details, let’s review the scopes of public cloud services, based on our definitions:
The public cloud is a flexible and scalable computing provisioning service delivered on-demand, its costs depend on the intensity of use, either according to the number of users, time of use, or other parameters. To optimize the service, the cloud operator uses a platform that is shared among several clients (multi-tenant) virtualized and managed by software tools.
The public cloud computing market will continue to be one of the most dynamic in the ICT industry. Of the public cloud, software as a service, SaaS, has more than 60% of the market, a high percentage in the US due to the ease of contracting applications from the internet such as productivity suites, CRM, collaboration solutions, and some small marketing applications, accounting among others.
The second position is infrastructure as a service or IaaS with 30% of the market. This category includes computing, processing, and storage, which are typically virtual or bare metal servers, processors, and storage capacity.
The smallest part of the market is platform as a service or PaaS with 4-5%, but with the best growth prospects thanks to the fact that it includes the categories with the fastest adoption: cloud databases, debugging tools and high volume analysis data, data lakes, IoT, application development tools based on Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. It also includes the containers that facilitate the agile and isolated launch of applications and microservices.
These paradigm shifts in technology acquisition models through the cloud are not only for end-users: traditional ICT vendors, integrators and resellers are facing a turning point that leaves behind large integration and upgrade projects to give way to a small and constant flow of monthly income related to the consumption of the cloud and especially related consulting services, migration, optimization and continuous support of the solutions.
Under this new trend, there are no large cloud projects but multiple small projects, which as they are successful will increase consumption and confidence to launch new initiatives to the cloud. After reflecting on the issues addressed, we maintain the conviction that the cloud is for everyone:
For small or newly created organizations, the best option is undoubtedly the public cloud, since it eliminates the need to make expensive investments in systems, reduces time-to-market and allows it to scale according to business growth.
However, for those public and private organizations that rest their business operations on legacy infrastructure and applications, the best option is to take small steps towards the cloud and little by little, unleash the transformative potential of these services.
If the market is rapidly moving towards cloud adoption, and the prospect for the greatest growth is in advanced PaaS solutions, it is important for ICT providers to invest in developing capabilities to link and ground the public cloud offering with the needs of the customers.
Cloud computing services enable greater agility and flexibility in the operation and unleash continuous improvement of the organization through data analysis, accelerating the digital transformation of business.
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