The pandemic has redefined how we do things—from remote working to telemedicine, these trends have become integral to our lives. The fast pace of digitalization necessitated by new demands has put a renewed focus on the importance of cloud computing, which is a critical component in digital transformation.
Now that the dust has settled, there’s no doubt that the pace of cloud adoption will only accelerate. According to Gartner, global public cloud end-user public spending will be close to $500 billion in 2022.
Companies that lag in cloud adoption will fall behind in their ability to leverage new technologies to streamline operations, improve cost-efficiencies, and improve their customer experience. If you haven’t migrated to the cloud, there’s no time to lose. Here’s how cloud computing benefits organizations in the post-pandemic world:
1. Support Remote Working
The work-from-anywhere trend is gaining momentum, with 65% of workers saying they want to work remotely full-time post-pandemic. The ability to support remote working is no longer an option if companies want to attract talents and stay relevant in the competitive job market.
Cloud computing facilitates remote working by allowing employees to access the organization’s network, applications, and data from anywhere with an internet connection. Meanwhile, IT can manage the infrastructure from a central location to support a dispersed workforce cost-efficiently.
2. Adapt To Shifting Demand
The pandemic showed us that market demand and consumer expectations could change on a dime. Companies realized that they must be able to shift their resources quickly—scaling up some capabilities while dialing down others to stay relevant and profitable.
Cloud infrastructure and services allow organizations to scale capacities on short notice without upfront capital investment. You don’t have to buy new servers, install new software, or reconfigure your systems to meet fast-evolving business requirements.
3. Shorten Time to Market
The pandemic has created a massive shift in brand loyalty. If you can’t meet customers’ needs, they won’t hesitate to go to your competitors. Not to mention, if you don’t introduce new products or services fast enough, you’ll lose market share to your competitors.
Cloud computing allows you to introduce new features and capabilities with speed to give your customers what they want when they want it. Along with a software-defined approach to delivering services, you can shorten the time to market from weeks to days and secure a leader positioning.
4. Improve Supply Chain Visibility
The pandemic has exposed the fragility of the global supply chain, and companies with access to the most current and accurate data came out ahead. Organizations need complete, real-time visibility into inventory, warehousing, and logistics to navigate ongoing supply chain challenges that will continue post-pandemic.
You can sync up data from multiple cloud-based software via API integration to gain real-time insights into the entire supply chain and support informed decision-making. You can route shipments via the most cost-efficient route or link up your ERP with your e-commerce platform to provide real-time inventory data to your customers.
5. Open New Business Opportunities
From e-learning and telemedicine to virtual retail experiences and customer service, we can expect a proliferation of digital-focused opportunities in the post-pandemic world. Organizations with the right infrastructure can adapt to these trends quickly to gain market share and stay relevant.
Cloud-based platforms, thanks to their scalability and flexibility, give you the solid foundation to stay agile and responsive in the shifting market landscape. They enable you to innovate and experiment with new ideas quickly and cost-effectively to capitalize on new demands.
6. Improve Customer Experience
55% of consumers report an increased preference for interacting with brands over digital channels during the pandemic. They expect a seamless omnichannel customer experience that leverages real-time information to support meaningful interactions.
Cloud-based platforms allow you to connect the dots across all the customer touchpoints and create real-time, 360-degree customer profiles to deliver personalized services and provide relevant product recommendations while reducing frustrating errors and delays.
7. Access To Data Insights
The move to digital channels has increased the amount of data that companies can collect and access. However, building the capability to analyze and utilize all the information effectively is cost-prohibitive for most companies.
Cloud computing allows businesses of any size to access the latest technologies, such as big data, machine learning, predictive analytics, and more, without the high development and deployment costs to generate insights from multiple data sources.
8. Shift Capital Spending
Organizations must prioritize financial agility to stay competitive and profitable in the uncertain post-pandemic environment. Shifting capital expenditure (CapEx) to operational expenditure (OpEx) can help you improve financial health and make ongoing spending more predictable.
Cloud computing enables companies to shift IT expenses from CapEx to OpEx. For example, you don’t have to purchase expensive hardware and software licenses to get up and running. You also get all the upgrades with a flat monthly fee, so you don’t have to worry about surprise expenses.
9. Lower IT Resource Needs
We’re still dealing with the aftermath of the Great Resignation, and many IT teams are stretched thin. On-premise technical infrastructures are labor-intensive and time-consuming to maintain, driving up costs and delaying the deployment of critical capabilities.
Cloud platforms take the burden of software and hardware maintenance off your team’s plate so you can run a leaner IT team with lower overhead costs. You can also focus your existing resources on strategic initiatives to move your bottom line.
10. Improve Security and Compliance
The pandemic saw a dramatic increase in cyberattacks, and the trend will continue as more business activities move online. Meanwhile, it has become increasingly costly to comply with complex and stringent data privacy laws such as GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, etc.
Reputable cloud platforms have dedicated security teams to protect their customers’ data. They regularly upgrade the software and deploy patches to protect their systems from threat actors. Many also adhere to the highest security standards to ensure that you can meet regulatory requirements without added costs.
Take Advantage of Cloud Computing in the Post-Pandemic World
Migrating to the cloud may sound daunting, but with the right support, you can design and implement a system that meets your business requirements and objectives cost-effectively.
Our cloud computing services cover everything from educational support and efficient management to economization and approachability to help you implement the right solutions and get the most out of them. You can have complete control of your data while maintaining a highly optimized and scalable system.
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