How Managed Cloud Benefits Extend Beyond Cost Savings

By Lauren Fritsky

You know about the cost-saving benefits of the cloud – organisations are saving as much as 30 per cent in IT costs in the first three years of their cloud investment, according to O’Reilly Media. The value of cloud extends beyond reduced spending, however. A cloud investment can bring more benefits to the business by transforming the innovation and project delivery taking place in the IT department. With managed cloud, IT no longer needs to oversee infrastructure and carry out related maintenance and troubleshooting. The scalable nature of cloud also allows for faster application delivery and lets IT try out new ideas without needing extra time and resources.

The cloud enables more innovation

Leveraging a cloud service allows IT departments to innovate with lower risk and in less time, according to a recent study of more than 1,000 organisations by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before the cloud, businesses looking to experiment with a new application or system often had to go through a lengthy project management and delivery process in which they were forced to acquire new hardware and processing power that was only intended to be used for a short period of time. Extra IT resources were sometimes needed to manage these experiments as well.

Provisioning in the cloud allows for scalable computing resources that are immediately accessible. By transferring your infrastructure to managed cloud, you allow experienced IT providers to manage your servers and disk space while the IT department, their time now freed up, gets to develop new apps, tools, delivery methods and services that can drive revenue and competitive advantage in the organisation. Organisations can take advantage of consumption-based processing power when running projects in the cloud, which saves both costs and time compared to conducting these experiments on in-house infrastructure. The cloud’s flexible nature allows for scale in those innovations showing a possibility for success while at the same time allowing IT to quickly terminate those experiments that do not show promise.

The London study points out that this type of innovation gain is most realised when businesses opt for a managed cloud service that allows them to customise the solution to their business needs. Through customisable cloud, organisations can match their service levels to their expected business process/innovation needs.

The cloud makes delivering business apps easier

The ability for cloud to dynamically provision means end users can get their critical business applications delivered at a faster clip. The London School of Economics and Political Science study says 60 per cent of business executives feel their cloud service allows business apps to be provisioned faster. Close to 55 per cent of executives also say cloud cuts the time and cost to configure apps. This time savings not only allows IT to focus their expertise on other projects; it also serves to boost end-user satisfaction. Remember, end users don’t care how an application or service is delivered as long as they can access it when they need it and have as seamless a user experience as possible. Cloud enables this to happen with very little maintenance or management needed on the part of IT.

Have you realised similar benefits through adopting cloud at your organisation? Share your story in the comments.

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