“The Year of the Cloud” for Mid-Market Organizations
For years, we’ve been hearing tech trend watchers pronounce that this is the “year of the cloud.” It started when HBR dubbed 2010 “the year the cloud rolled in.” We heard it again a few years later from Computer Weekly with the headline “2014 will be the year of the cloud – honest.” Now, InfoWorld is claiming “2017 Is the Year the Cloud Zooms Like a Rocket.” Despite years of buzz around the cloud, the mid-market has still been slow to adopt.
While concerns with cost, integration, reliability and security remain top of mind, most mid-market organizations now recognize that putting off a cloud-first strategy for another year is far riskier than tackling the challenges that are inherent in making the transition before becoming disrupted by a faster more agile competitor.
The good news is that many of the factors that once prevented mid-market organizations from considering the cloud have been removed thanks to advancements in cloud technology. Our experience tells us that, not only is the cloud getting more hype than ever before, but this is the year of the cloud for mid-market organizations. Mid-market business leaders finally recognize the rewards reaped by smaller businesses that drove the bulk of early adoption and are now anxious to begin using mature cloud technology in meaningful ways.
SWC’s cloud-related work as measured by digital transformational projects is in line with these trends, with increases of 40% over the past year. Not to mention, our on-premises upgrades of commodity productivity applications like email have all but evaporated and are now being replaced by migrations to cloud-based solutions like Office 365.
How to Achieve Success as You Transition to the Cloud
Implementing a cloud-first strategy is fast becoming the top priority for CEOS, however, it is a major business transformation that affects every layer of business and requires careful planning to ensure a smooth transition. CEOs must consider the value of each cloud decision, beginning with what workloads they should migrate to the cloud vs. leave on premises, and ending with the users by ensuring they’re leveraging the cloud technology newly available to them.
To help get you started on your cloud-first journey and open up the conversation between business executives and IT, we’ve created a CEO Guide to Leveraging Opportunities in the Cloud.
This guide includes the 6 essential steps that will empower you to lead your IT team in an effective cloud-based strategy, including where to start your migration, how to evaluate future cost savings and how to set realistic goals that everyone can get on board with.