Cloud has obviously become ubiquitous. As we saw in Verizon’s Enterprise Cloud 2016 report, there isn’t much advantage anymore to simply using cloud.
Much of the initial value of cloud came from unplugging traditional data centers and eliminating hardware. Organizations now simply click a few buttons and presto! you have new servers. It’s easy to quantify this value – the costs of servers, the time to setup and maintain them as well as physical data centers etc. But everyone’s doing it now.
What about the future? How will cloud allow us to tackle far more complex challenges? As cloud technology advances, early adopters are already realizing new kinds of value from:
- Automation and the resulting efficiency
- Business Agility – focus on customers and new opportunities rather than wasting time on chasing down signatures and figuring out how data is stored.
Beyond hardware and data centers, cloud environments enable efficiencies reaching further up the stack than ever before. Managed Service Providers can automatically monitor production systems and perform administration tasks – you pay only for the level of service you need for each system and scale up/down in real time. On the DevOps front, cloud enables a more continuous model again by automating administration. The result is quicker release cycles and higher quality systems.
Further up the stack, Cloud is a key enabler for reengineering and automating business processes on mobile devices. When everyday approvals such as Purchase Orders, Employee On-Boarding, Patient Referrals etc. are digital, you’ll free employees from tedious, time-wasting tasks like tracking down approvals and let them focus on customers. More importantly, they’ll be able to react quickly to take advantage of new opportunities. A potential game-changer for your organization.
Going even further, once you have this kind of automation enabled by cloud, you’ll be able to take advantage of business insights and intelligence to identify the bottlenecks, streamline operations. Even more important, with predictive analytics, you might learn what you should be doing before you need it rather than simply being reactive.
Cloud-based automation is the first step in the feedback loop you need to drive business strategy and make correct business decisions or risk being left behind.