Despite Obvious Advantages, Some Businesses Still Concerned About Cloud Safety
While the cloud has gotten a lot of praise from companies in all industries, there are still some organizations that are wary of adopting the technology. Concerns of security are one of the biggest barriers to adoption, according to a recent study conducted by hardware and software solutions provider Insight Enterprise.
"Businesses are asking the right questions about how the cloud will work across infrastructure, platforms and applications, and many are starting to embrace the efficiencies and potential benefits from improved agility, greater employee collaboration and reduced IT complexity," said Harish Krishnamurthy, senior vice president for Insight Cloud Services. "However, we are still seeing adoption apprehension because of concerns surrounding security and data management."
Below are some of the concerns cited most frequently in the Insight survey, as well as reasons why businesses shouldn't be fearful of deploying the cloud to complete operations.
One of the biggest fears enterprises have about transitioning to a cloud environment is that they will lose control of their operations and IT data will be less secure. However, many organizations are starting to realize that the possible security risks of a centralized enterprise cloud are much lower than those presented by the use of employee mobile devices and non-approved cloud services.
Change In The Workplace
Many corporate IT departments have raised concerns about whether or not migrating to a cloud platform will cause unnecessary turbulence within the company with needless changes. This fear is starting to dissipate as companies that have moved service to the cloud have managed to reassign their IT professionals to focus on more business-critical initiatives. Organizations that have deployed cloud environments have also reported experiencing increased employee satisfaction as workers are able to use their own devices safely, leading to improved collaboration and co-worker engagement.
Return On Investment
A major concern for many organizations is whether or not the initial investment for a cloud platform will be worth the money. Depending on the size of the company a cloud migration can be a considerable cost, creating fears about return on investment. According to the Insight report, however, the majority of companies that decided to make the switch to cloud computing in 2014 are already experiencing more predictable costs and faster access to advanced features and capabilities.
The cloud is no longer a scary, unknown technology, but rather an enterprise staple that companies need to embrace or risk falling behind their competitors. One of the best ways businesses can dip their toes into the cloud computing waters is to deploy a cloud-based communication system. Utilizing services like VoIP and unified communications can provide companies with a glimpse of the benefits offered by the cloud without requiring a full-scale adoption of the technology.
Organizations can utilize a hybrid solution in which some systems are managed off-site by a third party service provider and other, more business-critical operations are kept on premises so internal IT departments can keep a closer watch over them.