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Published October 28, 2016

5 ways that cloud helps grow business

Article, Cloud Computing

Learn some of the most compelling business performance outcomes that Cloud can enable.

When talking about Cloud as a business methodology and basic philosophy, it can drive specific outcomes for a company. It can be elastic, it can be self-served, it can be metered, and it can draw from a pool of resources, meaning it can have multiple purposes and be available everywhere. All of this might be difficult to achieve when using traditional IT. A business should not tap into Cloud for the sake of doing it because it’s the cool word on the street, or because it’s ubiquitous in all tech publications. A business that uses Cloud does it for a purpose, and that is to link it to key performance outcomes.

Some of the most compelling business performance outcomes that Cloud can enable include:

Getting rid of capital and lowering barriers to industry growth
Cloud allows you to buy what you need, as you need it. If you require an X amount of new computers for your business, or you need X amount of IT capacity, you can plan to procure that much capacity at a specific point when it’s actually really needed. With traditional IT, you would have to model your needs over three years, and then when building out for it, you would have to do the provisioning all up front. Cloud gets rid of this by being a utility service, so instead of developing a new building and paying millions of dollars for an electrical generator to power your building, you build a new building and tap into the electrical utility and pay per kilowatt hour to run efficiently. You are basically, matching your spend to your usage. Moving from CapEx to OpEx is what makes Cloud attractive for businesses. Who wouldn’t want to free up money and capital for new business ventures?

Accelerating innovation and new product development
You work for a technology company and you were given a green light to develop a new product. The traditional path of product development means that you have to pitch your idea and back it up with research. Then you need to get approval on the project, get some capital, do a PO, have it developed in a lab, and of course, you need someone to sell it to. In Cloud’s utility model, it means if you have existing capacity on your Cloud that is not being used, you can set up your great product idea virtually on the Cloud, and if it does not work, no big deal, just delete it and it goes back into the Cloud and can be used for other production. If your product works, you just saved yourself 12-16 weeks of buying, setting up, testing and validating. You’ve accelerated your innovation and reduced the cost of doing it.