As cloud adoption continues to grow, many businesses will wrestle with separating the facts from the myths of cloud technology as they begin to think about whether this is the correct route for their business. Here are clarifications regarding some misconceptions surrounding the cloud today.
1) You have to be all cloud — or no cloud.
Since businesses today are facing rapidly changing tools and services for growth and global expansion, many business owners feel they need to take an all or nothing approach in order to reap the benefits of the cloud. While that may be true for some businesses, it is a myth that all business need to move everything to the cloud to leverage the benefits For example a hybrid approach may be the most beneficial option for some when considering cloud adoption. A hybrid approach helps ensure you’re investing in the right amount of technology to meet your needs. But, most importantly, there isn’t a one-size fits all solution.
2) To modernize your business, you have to move to the cloud.
Sure, cloud solutions are here to stay and most mid-sized to-Enterprise businesses have migrated at least part of their business to the cloud—but it isn’t the only way to modernize business processes. There are several technology solutions that can help a business expand into new markets and eliminate inefficiencies. Do your homework as to what is the best solution out there and, as we said in myth-buster #1, you need not take an all or nothing approach when choosing your business management solutions. Go with works best for your business.
3) Cloud isn’t secure or less secure than on premise solutions.
Countless studies have been done regarding security and the cloud. The feeling that the cloud is not secure is one of the biggest myth’s surrounding cloud adoption. In fact, there has been little evidence of cloud security leaks or breaks. More often, security breaches typically involve an on-premise data center.
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4) You’ve already invested in an IT solution so now you can’t switch.
Identify problems in your business and map them out in order of priority so that your IT strategy is aligned with solving these issues. A cloud strategy can be beneficial and complement an already existing IT solution. Most cloud-based products work well with existing solutions and it is a myth that legacy products won’t work with cloud-based solutions.
5) Cloud computing is all about cost-savings.
Don’t assume that cloud solutions are just about saving money. Cloud pricing has its benefits and shouldn’t be overlooked, but if cost savings is your number one focus, you haven’t done your homework correctly. Not all pricing and services are comparable and shouldn’t be the only reason why you choose a cloud solution.
6) Cloud reduces access to your data.
The cloud provides access to the data you want, when you want it. This is great for companies looking to expand into global markets, where employees are working in different time zones, languages and possibly different currencies. When a business moves to the cloud, the business still owns the data and maintains control over who has access to that data. The vendor merely provides a platform that delivers the service, and does not control the data.
7) You can only have one cloud vendor.
This is usually just the opposite. There are many solutions that solve a myriad of problems—and they’re not always available from the same vendor. Again, map out your business issues, note where you have problems, and identify solutions that map to your growth goals. It isn’t that a company should have more than one cloud vendor, it is that a company isn’t limited to working with just one.
8) You will have to hire to deploy cloud solutions.
You won’t have to hire staff to implement cloud solutions. A cloud solution should actually reduce resources while adding additional functionality to a business.
9) You don’t have time to focus on migration to the cloud.
Taking the time to review your business process shows your dedication to your enterprise. Once you commit to a solution, the migration of your data and deployment is the responsibility of the vendor. Key reasons to move to the cloud include freeing up resources, eliminating redundancies and enabling lean growth. Because cloud-computing delivers IT services immediately the result is an almost immediate impact on your business.
10) You don’t have time to teach employees how to use a new cloud solution.
As technology progresses, it typically becomes easier to use. Depending on what solution you choose, training is likely part of the cost. This training myth can keep businesses from transitioning. Put the fear of training aside and think about how cloud solutions can help you eliminate dated, slow, and inefficient business processes—freeing up resources so you can instead focus on growing your business.
Choosing a business management solution is not a decision to be taken lightly. But if you put aside myths and concentrate on the facts, putting a focus on your true business needs, you will ultimately come to the right decision.
Benoît Gruber joined Sage in 2008 and is, since October 2013, VP of Corporate Communications and Brand for Sage Enterprise-Market Europe and Sage X3. He led, defines and implements the strategy of corporate and digital communication in cohesion with the overall business strategy. He acts as a spokesperson and an expert in solution with opinion leaders, analysts, the press and customers. He was previously VP Product & Alliances for Sage Enterprise Market Europe solutions. In this capacity, he was responsible for global product strategy of Sage X3 solution. Prior to working at Sage, Benoît worked at SAP (from 2000-2008), where he held a variety of marketing and product management positions before becoming Sr. Industry Principle (Product & Business Development). He was a member of the EMEA Manufacturing Industries Business Group. Prior to working at SAP, Benoît worked in different management consulting, technology services companies dedicated for ERP, Business Intelligence and new technologies, he also had his own company in Media and Publishing sectors.
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