Timing Your Move To The Cloud: 9 Business Triggers

Make Your Move to the Cloud: 9 Reasons to Pull the TriggerIs your organization one of the more than 90% of businesses, both large and small, that are at least considering a move to the cloud?

If so, you may be wondering if the time is right to put your cloud strategy into action.

You know that there are tremendous cost and convenience benefits, but have you considered these potential triggers for timing your move to the cloud?

9 Business Triggers For Timing Your Move To The Cloud

  • You are a rapidly expanding entrepreneurial business and your IT infrastructure simply can’t keep up with the pace of growth
  • You’ve expanded through merger & acquisitions and you need to consolidate IT infrastructure and applications across multiple companies and geographies
  • Your in-house IT is simply not a core business asset
  • You prefer operational expenses to capital expenses
  • You need to demonstrate greater transparency and show an audit trail to investors, lenders, or regulators
  • You’re preparing to take your company public
  • Your hardware is due for an upgrade or your IT-sourcing agreement is up for re-bid
  • The growth of your business is increasing demand for infrastructure, applications and data but you’re reluctant to expand your data center footprint
  • You’ve reached end-of-life on essential software products and you’re looking for alternatives to re-investing in licenses, maintenance and new applications.

Bottomline

Any one of these business circumstances can be the trigger for activating your plan. But whatever precipitates your move to the cloud, the rationale for adopting a cloud  strategy comes down to these two fundamental business drivers:

1.) Increased business agility: cloud computing will allow your employees and business partners to collaborate more effectively and to provide better and faster service to your customers.

2.) Operational excellence: improved availability and lower cost of a cloud solution will allow you to re-invest the savings back into the business.

With foresight and planning, you can time your move to the cloud with minimal disruption to your business and fewer contractual penalties. Because you know that to remain competitive in today’s business climate, its not a matter of if but when to pull the trigger on your cloud strategy.

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