7 Ways to Control Costs, Improve Productivity and Security with Cloud Computing
Companies are doing everything possible to stay competitive in today’s demanding and hyper-aware market. The thing is that the verdict is out; according to Gartner, it projects the cloud services industry to grow exponentially through 2022.
While the choice of whether to move to cloud computing or not is no longer a choice, there are ways to do it so that you can do it in a better way. But moving to the cloud is not without its challenges. You have to plan well to migrate workloads to the cloud with minimum disruption to your business.
At Matilda, where we offer industry leading Cloud Transformation & Management platform to our customers, we often come across the question of how to make cloud computing work better for them. Our advice to them is always to take a practical and planned approach.
7 steps that we ask our customers to follow
Step 01: Build up security alongside data retrieval
Security can be a big concern for those companies who have moved their operations to the cloud. But you can mitigate this concern by setting up security checks at different levels of the organization and as per roles.
You can evaluate the role that the employee plays in the organization relative to the extent of access he or she should be given. You would be surprised at how few people on the same team at the same level need the same kind of access. Take the time to build security levels and plans for data retrieval in case of security breaches.
Step 02: Ensure that upgrades are on a timely basis
Software upgrades are a big step to take when you want to ensure the productivity of your team and the security of your data. Even if it means a lag in your routine work, ensure that you are upgrading systems, applying patches, and updating security as and when they are released.
Step 03: Encourage higher collaboration between teams
Often, you will find companies complaining that the migration to the cloud has resulted in slowdown and confusion. The best way forward to resolve this is to ensure that all your teams are aware of how their work (tasks) contribute to the others.
Building up a forum to exchange ideas and pushing for collaboration will ensure that nothing affects the productivity of the team.
Step 04: Move to a pay-as-you-need model to curb costs
The cloud offers you the choice to invest less in hardware, thereby lesser office space, and lesser IT staff. Take it a step further and adopt a pay-as-you-need model so that you can cut expenses even more. This way, you will be able to cut down infrastructure and operational costs to a large extent.
Step 05: Leverage access to the latest technology
Productivity and security are two factors that require you to have the latest technology. Cloud computing offers you the chance to access the newest technology at a fraction of the cost that it would do on-prem.
Step 06: Make the most of the scalability that cloud offers
The best aspect of cloud computing is that it lets your business become more scalable. Whether it is downsizing or expanding, the cloud adapts easily. Having this functionality can help your business deal with seasonal changes, market fluctuations, and customer demands.
Step 07: Encourage remote operations for better output
With cloud computing, remote access is more straightforward, with your teams being able to access the information they want even when they are on the move. You can leverage this aspect to make it more cost-effective for your business.
Once you have your security measures in place, better collaboration between teams, you can simply encourage remote operations for ease of your employees and to cut costs.
Talk to us to learn more
Now that you are aware of the various measures that you can put in place to reduce costs without compromising on security and productivity in your cloud-based operations, it is time to take the next step.
Start by looking at how you are carrying out your business presently and outlining where you want to be. Once you have the goalposts lined up, you will need to start by talking to the top management, followed by the IT team, and after that to the other operational teams.
For more information, you can seek our team’s help to understand the Matilda Cloud Ecosystem.