For the last decade, there have been millions of words written about how cloud computing is a gamechanger. This is not news.
At the same time, the ubiquity of cloud came on so fast that it’s almost hard to reconcile. Pre-cloud era, we had a concept of business growth that revolved around capital investments which, at least in theory, created environments that drove growth. Have we considered the implications to growth in a post-cloud world?
Cloud Is The New Capital
Forget slashing your CapEx. That’s a first-order benefit to cloud.
Instead, look at what is driving growth for companies. A great case study is heavy truck manufacturer Navistar, which is using data analytics to reduce operating cost-per-mile 80%, reducing unplanned repairs and downtime by 30%, and identifying driver behaviors that cause warranty repairs.
Are you going to build a data center, staff it, fill it with expensive hardware so that you can run this data analysis in your own facility? No, you are going to contact a cloud provider and let it store your data. Then you are going to interact with it using a variety of third-party software and interfaces so that you don’t have to build them yourself.
This is where growth is coming from: Emerging insights from big data analysis, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. This growth relies on the instantaneous scalability and flexibility of the cloud.
Any company that misses this bus will simply fade away.
No Cap-Ex Does Not Mean No Investment
The initial cloud boom was driven by the tremendously appealing opportunity to reduce capital expenditures by renting servers in a third party warehouse. By freeing up that capital, it was then able to be deployed elsewhere.
Saving money has now become a side issue, because increasingly, the strategy and direction of the company comes from the insights mined with the cloud.
This means that organizations are forced to orient around functions like analysis, security, data interfaces, and edge computing. If these words seem murky and out of focus, it may be a sign that you are not investing enough into these avenues. And, as we’ve seen, these are the very avenues that are increasingly driving growth. So, although you’re no longer paying for forklift upgrades, you’re still investing in IT with time, energy, and expertise.
Learn What Expertise Is And Isn’t Fungible
Cloud computing is opening up dozens of new skill sets and domains, and there often aren’t enough subject matter experts to meet demand. That being said, it hardly ever pays to reinvent the wheel.
Where possible, identify needs that can be met with an ‘aaS’ solution. Although you must do your due diligence, in general, it is easier and more effective to hire such a service (along with their processes and software) than it would be to recruit and outfit a specialist of your own — and faster, too.
However, someone at your organization must have deep experience in the data set at your company, to impute more meaning than an outsider could, to analyze and transform the information into something that is useful to the organization. That kind of expertise is something you just can’t outsource
In the new economy, cloud is the most essential tool. Therefore, you must come to grips with the role that the cloud will play in your organization. How can you wield this tool effectively in order to get ahead of the competition? What kinds of new and innovative insights can you derive from the information that is just under the surface?
If this is something you’d like to explore, give us a call. We’ve been working with clients for years, helping them decide how to implement, deploy and effectively utilize their cloud services. We know that migrating to the cloud can be a daunting task alone, but Atlantic Metro has provided migration planning and services to many of our customers.
If you would like to learn more about our cloud services, you can submit an inquiry here or give us a call at (212) 792-9950 ext. 1, and we will be happy to assist you.