Should you migrate to the cloud


If your business hasn’t yet made the leap to cloud computing services, you’re not alone. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that the proportion of businesses using paid cloud computing continues to grow, with 42% of businesses reporting the use of cloud computing compared to 31% 3 years ago.

According to the ABS, over three quarters of innovative businesses (78%) indicated cloud technology was of some importance in regards to their digital technologies, compared to only 53% of non-innovative businesses.


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So, what are the benefits?

Migration to the cloud can:

  • Reduce the cost of managing and maintaining your IT systems
  • Give you more flexibility to scale your operations and storage up or down
  • Help protect your data and systems as part of business continuity planning
  • Offer your business new ways to communicate, collaborate and share information
  • Give your employees more flexibility to work off-site
  • Include automatic system upgrades.

Cloud computing offers serious potential business benefits and last year the ABS reported that insufficient knowledge was the greatest factor limiting or preventing its use?

Ignorance is not bliss

Among the surveyed businesses, insufficient knowledge of what was on offer was the top reason given for delaying migration to the cloud. If you’re simply not sure what cloud computing could do for your business, it’s time to find out.

The amount of information online can be overwhelming. If you’re not sure where to start, ask an expert to explain how the technology can be adapted to your workplace.

Safeguarding against risk

Among larger companies, the threat of a security breach was top of the list of cloud fears. Migrating to the cloud does carry some risk. Like all risks, there are actions you can take to reduce the threat to your business. You should carry out a risk assessment before handing over any control to a third party cloud service provider.

You can safeguard against risk by having good cloud contracts in place, determining how and where your data will be stored, and having an awareness of your legislative and regulatory requirements (such as for privacy and archiving). An experienced IT consultancy can assist you with all of these elements.

If you’re ready to make the leap to the cloud, ask an expert what steps you should be putting in place to ensure it’s a low-risk endeavour for your business.

What the converts say

Cloud adopters in the ABS survey nominated simplicity as the most tangible benefit of their decision to move to the cloud. The second most cited benefit was increased productivity, and cost benefits and flexibility come next. Close to half of large business cloud adopters said they experienced all of these benefits. Could you be next to benefit?

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