COVID-19, political upheaval, economic woes and social unrest has made 2020 a very unique and memorable year. But you may be well-served if, down the road, you and your fellow business leaders can look back and recall 2020 as the year that your business moved to the cloud. This year has prompted some significant changes in the way companies do business. Those companies that will survive the economic downturn are virtually always the ones that underwent a rapid evolution and aggressive digital transformation.
As a whole, the business world was hesitant to make significant investments in technology and other modifications that were prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But months later, as the virus continues to spread, it’s clear that this will be a long-term issue. An increasing number of company leaders are beginning to invest in pandemic-friendly technologies such as cloud computing, cloud data solutions, cloud-based software and a range of other SaaS services. This can actually work out for the best, as these newer technologies tend to be more reliable, more scalable, highly secure, versatile and ultimately, more affordable.
Cloud Migration Benefits in a COVID-19 and Post-COVID-19 World
Cloud migration benefits are many and varied, regardless of your company size or industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a shift toward a decentralized business model with a large portion of employees now in a remote work environment. This actually aligns really well with a cloud-based data architecture and other cloud-based technology, as it allows for easy and secure access, regardless of whether staff are situated in the office or at their home office.
If you pursue this opportunity, you can shift your data and even the software and apps used in the course of your operations to the cloud. Let’s look at a few of the other cloud migration advantages that you’ll enjoy.
Scalability and Cost — The cloud is limitless in terms of its storage and processing capacities. This is a major advantage for companies that may otherwise make a major investment in technology that’s vastly under-utilized, simply because they need the freedom to scale today and in the future. In a world with COVID-19, every dollar counts, so cost-effectiveness is more vital than ever before for many businesses.
With cloud technology, you pay for only the resources that you utilize — nothing more, nothing less. And as you need more resources, they’re available and ready to support your growth and evolution as a business. This is especially important during the COVID crisis, as virtually every company is evolving in some way — expanding to offer new COVID-related offerings, contracting to suit a smaller clientele / customer base, or even modifying their business model to remain afloat. Quite simply, the cloud will give you greater agility when you need it most.
Accessibility and Security — Today’s cloud technology utilizes cutting-edge encryption and security technology which makes cloud services some of the most secure offerings on the planet. What’s more, you can access a cloud-based portal or data infrastructure from anywhere with an internet connection, which is particularly useful if your company’s team is working from home during the COVID pandemic and beyond.
Performance Benefits — Cloud-based software platforms, data management portals and other cloud systems tend to be superior when it comes to performance and speed. So if performance matters for your company — and it often does — then you’ll likely find that few (if any) solutions surpass the cloud’s performance. The COVID-19 business world is one that’s focused on performance, productivity and cost-effectiveness; the cloud aligns well with this.
What’s more, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided many companies with reduced demand or even downtime. This can serve as the ideal time for a cloud migration — whether it’s shifting your data management process to a cloud-based platform, moving to a cloud computing interface or another cloud-related project.
Despite the tremendous COVID-19 impact on business, 7T’ss team is still hard at work creating custom software solutions, mobile apps and cloud development projects, amongst many others. 7T specializes in digital transformation through emerging technologies, as we integrate cutting-edge tech into virtually every development project that comes to our team. Whether it’s a mobile app development project, CRM or ERP development, or a Snowflake cloud project, we’re well-equipped to assist with multi-phased development projects.
7T has offices in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Austin, but our clientele spans far beyond. If you’re ready to harness the power of the latest and most innovative technologies, contact the digital transformation experts at 7T today.