Cloud computing went through tremendous evolution since its inception in the late ‘90s. With advancements in technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Science & Analytics, Mobile Applications & more, Cloud Solutions became an integral part of Enterprises.
Businesses from all industries whether they are budding startups or leading enterprises saw the potential of Cloud services & incorporated them into many organizational activities. There are many exciting benefits of cloud computing such as reduced IT costs due to non-requirement of on-premise infrastructure, excellent scalability, business continuity, the flexibility of work practices, collaboration efficiency & more. Naturally, companies started investing in cloud technology to leverage these amazing benefits.
Leading reports state that cloud spending has surpassed on-premise software spending. Businesses are planning to increase cloud workloads by almost 23% in 2020. 94% of enterprises are using cloud services whereas 66% have a cloud center of excellence. The general public cloud services market is set to reach USD 624 billion by 2023. These staggering numbers testify to the fact that enterprise cloud solutions will be an integral part of businesses. Here are a few trailblazing ways that Enterprises can leverage cloud technology to business growth revenue & maximize operational efficiency.
3 Effective Ways of Leveraging Cloud to Drive Business Growth
Cloud computing has been helping businesses in numerous ways by offering seamless file storage, flexibility & security of data, scalability of applications & non-requirement of in-house IT Infrastructure. However, here are 3 amazing ways that enterprises can use cloud-based technology to enhance business growth & productivity.
Cloud-based Applications – Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
This is one of the best ways that a company can use the cloud to boost their business. Software-as-a-Service or SaaS is a software that can be easily availed through a third-party provider via the internet.
Some of the best SaaS examples include Google Apps, Dropbox, Salesforce, Cisco, Webex, HubSpot, DocuSign, Slack & ActiveCampaign. Enterprises can avail ready-to-use, out-of-the-box solutions provided by SaaS to address business needs such as Marketing Automation & Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Compared to SaaS, the traditional on-site software is costly & takes up a lot of time which in turn hurts business productivity.
A few benefits of SaaS Services are:
- Cost-effectiveness – A great alternative to Traditional IT deployment
- User-friendly – Easy-to-use applications
- Robust Service Level Agreements – Guaranteed service provision
- 99% Uptime – Minimal downtime of services
Cloud-based Testing & Development – Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
Traditionally, Testing & Development tools offered by on-site software required a lot of resources & provided very little scalability options. In addition to that, enterprises had to shell in a lot of money to acquire new hardware & software for business continuity.
However, with the advent of cutting-edge cloud solutions, Enterprises can enjoy a holistic development & deployment environment in the cloud. Developers can easily log-in & use of a gamut of cloud-based tools to develop amazing applications. PaaS offers enterprises with a flexible scheme i.e Pay-as-you-go or simply pay for the services that you are availing to develop your app. Some common examples of PaaS are Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure, SAP Cloud Platform, AWS Elastic Beanstalk & Zoho Creator.
Amazing perks of PaaS comprise:
- Cost-effective development & Deployment of Applications
- Easy-to-use interface
- Excellent Scalability
- High Uptime & Seamless Remote Access
Traditional IT Infrastructure is cumbersome & is difficult to deploy and manage. Companies have been facing huge cost escalations due to huge IT Infrastructure requirements.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a prominent cloud solution that can help companies mitigate huge on-site infrastructure costs. IaaS offers virtual computing infrastructure & other helpful resources like databases, content delivery networks, firewalls, monitoring, identity & access management, block & file-based storage and more to enterprises so that they don’t have to depend on physical IT infrastructure. Some well-known IaaS examples comprise Google Compute Engine, DigitalOcean, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco Metapod &.
Helpful advantages of IaaS services are:
- Empowers businesses to focus on revenue-generating strategies & core business goals
- Huge Capital Savings
- Excellent Business Continuity
- Seamless Disaster Recovery
- Robust Security
These are 3 amazing ways an enterprise can leverage cloud services to drive business growth. ARSR holds expertise in providing cloud solutions that include Cloud Strategy, Cloud Migration & Cloud Management for Enterprises so that they can reduce their costs & maximize operational efficiency.