Can the cloud save you money? These companies say yes

My Post - 2019-11-19T162002.639.pngHow four companies improved storage, security, scalability, and the bottom line by moving to the cloud

The cloud has long been touted as a way for enterprises to save money, whether it’s through reduced on-premises servers and storage systems, decreased software licensing, less need for equipment maintenance, or fewer requirements for in-house expertise.

But do cloud services actually result in cost savings? The quick answer is, it depends. A number of factors come into play, including the types of cloud services a company uses and from which providers, how well the services are managed by the customer, the terms of the contract, the level of existing IT efficiencies within the organization, and more.

When discussing the benefits of the cloud, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not just about cost savings. There are non-monetary reasons to adopt a cloud service, such as increased agility, faster time to market, and lack of in-house resources.

It always seems to start with money, however. Here are four organizations that have actually seen cost benefits from using the cloud, compared with deploying applications and workloads on internal systems.

Avery Dennison: Cloud first approach

Avery Dennison, a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in labeling and functional materials, has a goal of making IT a core competitive advantage. One of the ways it’s doing this is by building a hybrid cloud environment designed to deliver flexible and cost-efficient tools and services to users.

As part of the strategy, the company has invested in four key cloud-first programs: digital workplace, modern telephony platforms, cloud storage gateway, and secure cloud solutions. “Together, these programs are improving scalability, cycle times, reliability, and security so our workforce can work smarter, faster, and safer,” says Nicholas Colisto, vice president and CIO.

The digital workplace program revamps traditional processes, with the goal of boosting productivity, protecting digital assets, and increasing efficiency, Colisto says. – Read more

How IT And Business Leaders Need To Shift Their Thinking In The Era Of SaaS

My Post - 2019-11-19T160225.109.pngDecisions around foundational technology like ERP are critical to the long-term success of any organisation.

With decision-making moving beyond the IT department into the realm of business line managers, it is important that both sets of stakeholders understand each other’s concerns.

These issues are covered in a report by IRBS, sponsored by TechnologyOne, called IBRS State of Enterprise Software Report 2019.

The authors of the report outline key considerations for both IT and business executives.

For business line managers the first step is to engage with the IT department. They can offer important advice around issues such as:

  • the ability of any solution to integrate with existing solutions;
  • impact to cross-functional business processes;
  • implementation and change management;
  • and return on investment modelling.

ICT groups often excel at project management, and they have a holistic view of the organisation so they understand the impact of any one system on all other systems. Make sure you leverage that expertise.

It is also important for business managers to evaluate their organisation’s change management maturity. This needs to be matter of priority. Out of this exercise, the goal should be to implement those processes necessary to improve capabilities before the deployment of new enterprise solutions.

“While there are several change management maturity models and evaluation approaches available, choosing a model that provides actionable advice is essential,” the report notes.

Don’t just settle for conventional wisdom — there are plenty of myths around cloud computing. For instance, don’t accept ‘security’ as a catch-all excuse for refusing to adopt cloud services — professional cloud providers are likely to have more robust security protocols in place than the typical IT department.

Take a simple issue like security patches. Keeping these up to date is core business for cloud providers, whereas it can be just one more maintenance task for a typical IT department that might de-prioritise it behind other jobs.

The authors write that, while there may be valid reasons to keep enterprise solutions on-premises, these should be fully articulated from the perspective of “why not?” – Read more

Key differences between cloud storage offerings

My Post - 2019-11-14T181932.963.pngCloud storage offerings are often largely similar. We run through the key areas where they can differ, such as location, range of services and data protection