Cloud

How to save money with Cloud

March 17,2020

Cloud migration doesn't come cheap, but the investment pays off. In fact, it can actually save you money in the long run.

If finances are making you hesitate on taking the next step towards cloud migration, we understand. However, you should consider thinking about finances in the long run: how cloud migration can save your business money over the years. How much money you’ll be saving depends on your organizational needs and what type of cloud you choose.

There are quite a few reasons why this investment could be seriously worth it. Here are some commendable benefits of switching to a cloud, in our experience: 

 

More efficient remote work

Do you want to collaborate with others from all over the world? One of the most apparent benefits of a cloud system to folks outside the tech field is the easy, convenient access to the data from anywhere in the world. All you need is the right credentials and login info, no company computer or office presence needed. No need to spend time sending files back and forth between employees. Because of this, you’ll be able to hire remote employees who won’t be needing workstations, saving you money on computers, snacks, and other office equipment. 

 

Reduce, restructure, and/or revamp your IT department

IT professionals come with a hefty price tag. With the data migrated to the cloud, you won’t need as many of them around to manage your data. Goldman Sachs was able to slash its IT budget in half due to data migration. 

But wait, IT workers are humans too! Fortunately, this migration doesn’t mean you’ll have to say goodbye to your entire IT department: depending on your business needs perhaps you can have them focus on other tasks instead. Rather than their usual day-to-day tasks, they can now devote their time to more creative tasks not so easily automated, such as innovative activities. There are plenty of ways for IT professionals to expand their careers with a range of certificates that can be earned in a few hours or a few months. Just make sure your staff is actually interested in growing their abilities because data migration can require them to learn several new skills

 

Greater security, literally

Do you have armed guards at your office? Probably not. Cloud data centers do. The centers are fully equipped with staff who will keep your data secure from malware, robbers, and other threats while loaded with uninterruptible power sources.

Electronically, your data’s security is consistently monitored and security mechanisms are updated. You might even have more security there than you do onsite, giving you more peace of mind so you don’t have to stress as much about data breaches. The data centers are also often faster and more reliable as well, and you can count on the staff there to regularly back up your data. It’ll be ready for any disaster recovery. 
 

Save on hardware

If you’re a new or rapidly expanding company, you’ll probably need more servers, PCs, and other equipment to store your growing data. Buying and maintaining equipment can be costly, inconvenient, and time-consuming, so why not pass it off to the data centers? There, the equipment is already provided and the maintenance and repair costs are taken care of. Data centers operate with a pay-as-you-go model, so you can upsize or downsize based on your needs.

Since the equipment uses a lot of energy, this can also cut back on those bills. Save on physical office space and other equipment you might need.  
 

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A theme we’re seeing here is less maintenance overall: not only of your data but also of employees and physical equipment in your office. Data migration will also migrate a lot of work on your part. 

Even though not having to sit in traffic to see your employees sounds wonderful, there are a few downsides such as time zones and communication, so make sure you’re prepared to deal with those. That's a discussion for another day, so stay tuned.

At SM Innovations, don’t worry about waiting for too long to make these changes. Our staff are specifically skilled in cloud migration and know how to work on each application and move quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. If there’s any new information about this topic that comes out along the way, you can be sure we’re learning it to stay updated. If you still have any questions about data migration, don’t hesitate to reach out to an SM Innovations Solutions Architect!