“The sky is the limit.” This adage has a literal meaning in the present-day world, which has made technological advances in leaps and bounds. Today, the cloud is the driving force that powers digital transformation.
What remains constant is the priority all organizations put on keeping up with the pace of the business environment. Businesses are in constant competition to upgrade their IT infrastructures to cloud-based services so as to keep accelerating business operations. Day by day, the benefits of using cloud computing are being recognized and documented. With this, companies can turn their ideas into reality, because now they have access to rapid delivery of new products and services.
What is Cloud Transformation?
In simple terms, cloud transformation is the process of moving or transforming work to the cloud. This is done in alignment with the business needs of the respective organization and includes the migration of applications, software programs, desktop data, or even an entire infrastructure. Cloud transformation has a very significant impact on the overall running of the business. Sharing and saving data becomes more efficient and productive, at par with speedy new technologies.
Cloud transformation may seem complex at times because it can mean different things to different organizations. But it does keep one’s business from getting obsolete. When an organization is able to adopt advanced technological know-how quickly, it responds to new threats, competitions, or market demands better.
Cloud transformation, of course, has many advantages, but it can pose difficult challenges and barriers to adoption. Businesses should view this as a big enough opportunity in the face of concerns over whether to adopt cloud transformation.
What are the barriers to cloud transformation?
Security concerns: The threats and gaps related to security can result from what is being put inside the cloud. The cloud consumer is the one responsible for managing native cloud services and infrastructure security. Loss of data or data leakage can be one of the primary concerns with regard to cloud transformation. Additionally, we know that in a cloud, we cannot exercise complete control over our database, and in turn, our sensitive data.
Lack of funds: Along with the huge benefits offered by cloud computing, comes the question of costs. Keeping up with modern technology can be difficult when it comes to the funds available. All businesses do not have the budget requirement to adopt cloud transformation – a transformation that could definitely have made business processes easier. Also, sufficient network bandwidth must be available so that complex data can be delivered over the network faster. This is why many businesses are waiting for cloud migration to become more affordable before they make the big shift.
Lack of expertise: While more and more organizations place their workload in the cloud, they may find it difficult to keep maintaining the tools, for the lack of technical expertise. This skill gap is a threat to companies looking toward cloud transformation because specialized technical knowledge is required for cloud computing.
Incompatibility issues: Many companies face a disconnect between what they have on-premises and how they are going to use the service they purchase. Cloud service providers have been trying to address this issue over the past few years to make the cloud migration experience more homogeneous.
Companies must continually update their strategy, their adoption approach, and their foundational capabilities to meet changing business needs as they grow in confidence and obtain new external capabilities. Cloud transformation allows organizations to reach new heights, provided that the right approach is taken and the right preparation is made. You can modernize your technology as well as reinvent your whole organization with the cloud by leveraging it to disrupt your business.
The article has been written by Amit Majithiya, Business Development Manager, Wishtree Technologies