The days of investing your IT budget in expensive infrastructure, i.e., hardware such as on-premise servers that are costly to purchase and maintain, and years-long, risky IT projects that drain people, money, and focus away from your core business, are long gone. What has changed? The cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS), two related game-changers that enable your business to pursue digital transformation with more agility, cost-efficiency, and customization than ever before.
The cloud offers organizations what they need, when they need it, letting them pay for what they use, and offering them access through any device. The costly hardware infrastructure can now be in someone else’s (a trusted provider’s) hands, or, in a hybrid cloud scenario, shared between you and a trusted partner. Instead of the traditional approach of business units going to IT, business case in hand, asking for expensive, time-consuming IT projects, today’s organizations have easy, convenient access to an entire menu of cloud-based IT services/apps that already exist and deliver value immediately.
today’s organizations have easy, convenient access to an entire menu of cloud-based IT services/apps that already exist and deliver value immediately
Your organization no longer needs to spend its scarce resources of time, money, and people building IT projects that might not deliver their anticipated value. Cloud-based platforms, already built and constantly being improved by trusted experts like abas ERP, offer you exactly what you need: business agility. Let’s look more specifically at what factors make the cloud the engine of any digital transformation, for any business:
1. You Can Keep Up with Technology.
The whole idea of cloud-based digital transformation is to liberate your organization from on-premise legacy systems that aren’t just expensive, but are ossifying over time like dinosaurs. As the pace of technological change accelerates, your internal IT staff and internal systems are increasingly hard-pressed to keep up. Eventually, you fall behind and lose competitive advantage.
The solution is simple. Work with a trusted, cloud-based partner whose only focus is improving the technology and customizing solutions to meet your ongoing needs. Manufacturers like GE and Airbus, for instance, are using cloud-based, IoT solutions to perform predictive maintenance of aircraft engines, preventing problems before expensive parts break down. New possibilities are emerging every day via the cloud. Digital transformation is never a finished process. It is a highly-dynamic, evolving one.
2. Your IT people go from Builders to “Solution Designers.”
Cloud-based digital transformation is more about understanding your organization’s needs and “assembling” the right components/solutions, than it is about building expensive, time-consuming IT projects. What matters most is having the right cloud-based platforms in place, and then developing the capacity to collaborate effectively with the right cloud partner.
As consultants at Gartner explain, “IT services need to evolve in a way that makes them easier to consume and manage,” both internally and externally. In a world of agility, IT needs to have a collaborative, customer-centric mindset inside and outside the organization. The days of silos are over, Gartner explains: Organizations are moving “away from “vertical,” specialized silos and towards “horizontal,” architecturally-oriented teams – experimentation and change is likely to continue as organizations learn what’s required for both digitization and new technologies.”
3. Meeting Needs in Flexible, Customizable Ways.
Cloud-based platforms and apps already exist, enabling you to access a massive, cloud-based app menu and choose whatever offers you the most value, and do so in an ongoing, future-oriented way. You don’t need to waste time and cost building something internally that may not deliver what you anticipated.
You can select the existing cloud-based solutions to do the jobs you want done, paying for those solutions based on your usage. The cloud gives you agility around timing, usage, cost, customization, and much more. In fact, the cloud democratizes IT, making apps and system more available and usable for everyone in your organization.
4. Cloud-Based Digital Transformation Helps Your Bottom Line.
Migrating to the cloud provides a long-term foundation for digital transformation. Benefits include scalability, the ability to keep up with technology trends, access to data analytics and predictive analytics, reduction in infrastructure/hardware costs, cost benefits from SaaS subscription-based payment models, capacity to customize according to your evolving digital needs, more access to data across your entire organization, and much more.
as cloud-based solutions are proliferating, the costs are coming down
At the end of the day, digital transformation isn’t as much a cost-cutting strategy as a way to unleash the potential of your data and remain competitive in today’s fast-paced business landscape. If you think it’s challenging to begin using cloud-based platforms, imagine how expensive it’ll be to fall behind competitors who are increasing their customer-facing and operational capabilities while you are not. Don’t forget that as cloud-based solutions are proliferating, the costs are coming down. On the other side, as the use of internal legacy IT platforms drops, the costs of maintaining that legacy (and even hiring people who can maintain legacy systems) goes up. So standing by your legacy systems means you fall behind in terms of technology while your costs increase. A massive lose-lose.
5. Think Big and Have a Plan for the Cloud.
You can migrate to the cloud incrementally, but it’d be better to go big in order to take full advantage of cost-efficiencies and agility. Find a great partner like abas ERP, and work with them to analyze and address all your present and future needs. The IT function has never been more strategic than today. Digital transformation isn’t just about IT, but your entire future as a business. As we’ve made clear, the cloud can be the engine that gets you wherever you want to go next.