7 Cloud Migration Benefits You Might Not Have Considered

The cloud has many layers. There are the obvious and highly touted benefits, such as scalability, reliability, lower costs, improved analytics, not to mention facilitating remote collaboration. After a cloud migration, however, many companies discover unforeseen advantages and business solutions that didn't even factor into their decision to make the switch.

If your company is thinking about moving certain workloads or systems to the cloud, here are seven hidden benefits you could soon be enjoying.

1. Better Connectivity Across Multiple Locations

As remote work becomes the norm, a new set of IT challenges can emerge when it comes to linking core information systems across the various locations. With cloud-based business systems, you can provide employees working across the world with the right tools to get the job done, all without having to make costly upfront capital infrastructure investments.

With cloud services, your company can save money that would otherwise be sunk into redundant, siloed systems across all of your locations.

2. Increased Mobility

The cloud doesn't just make your IT department more productive — it also boosts productivity across the organization. It lets staff access data and business applications from any location via any connected device.

With cloud migration, being forced to work remotely no longer means falling behind on work. Employees normally in the field spend fewer hours on the phone with other departments or digging through email to find the information they need. And when staff members experience real computer problems — the ones that can't be fixed by turning them off and on again — they can work from their mobile devices while IT gets their computers back online.

With cloud services, your company can save money that would otherwise be sunk into redundant, siloed systems across all of your locations.

3. Improved IT Resource Management

As business technology has evolved, so has the role of IT workers. Once upon a time, their job was primarily to maintain servers, troubleshoot office equipment, and ask "Have you restarted your computer?" countless times a day. Today, IT workers have taken on the role of resident rock stars — they're the experts who help your company leverage the latest technology, develop new business applications, and drive innovation. The majority of IT resources, however, still get sapped by routine maintenance, such as installing updates, maintaining servers, and troubleshooting faulty applications.

Cloud migrations unburden IT teams from many of these tasks. IT workers can then spend more time and money on new, strategic projects that contribute to the company's bottom line.

4. Larger Talent Pool

There are plenty of fish in the sea, but the best fish for the job might not live in your particular pond. Since cloud migration makes it easy for employees to work from anywhere, you can hire from anywhere, too. So, whether new employees are based in London, Kentucky, or London, England, you can set them up with telecommuting technology.

Likewise, if valuable employees prefer to relocate or remain remote once we return back to physical locations, there's no need to incur the costs of finding and training new talent.

5. Collective IT Insight

Think about the last time you saw someone step in a puddle or trip over something. You were probably thinking, "I'm glad it wasn't me."

Cloud services and applications are constantly being improved, updated, and expanded upon based on customer feedback and experimentation. Because these are shared resources, you benefit from the knowledge that comes with other users' trials and errors, their setbacks and successes, and their collective innovation. After all, it's usually more efficient to learn from others' mistakes and insights than your own.

6. Easier Mergers and Acquisitions

Merging or acquiring new companies offers opportunities to grow and make a bigger impact on the world. But getting data and apps from two companies' servers to play nice is just as much fun as a root canal — and takes a lot longer.

It often takes merging companies months or even years to move their data from one legacy system to another. The time and resources it takes to do so have caused more than one M&A deal to fall through.

When data and business systems are in the cloud, the transition can happen much faster, and employees from both newly joined organizations can immediately access the information and apps they need to keep working at full speed.

7. Reduced Carbon Footprint

Running on-site servers and an off-site disaster recovery system for your data center consumes a lot of energy, especially for larger enterprises. With cloud-based data storage, your server capacity scales to fit your current needs so you don't use more energy than necessary. This helps your company go green while also saving some green on the power bill.

It's no secret that the cloud offers plenty of benefits, but some of its most touted highlights barely scratch the surface. Your company's cloud migration might just reveal a few hidden gems, too.

 

Taylor Mallory Holland
Taylor Mallory Holland Contributor

Taylor Mallory Holland is a professional writer with more than 11 years of experience writing about business, technology and health care for both media outlets and companies. Taylor understands how enterprise mobility and cloud technology can reshape industries and provide new opportunities to streamline workflows, improve employee collaboration and reimagine the customer experience. She is passionate about helping business leaders understand the impact that emerging technologies can have on communication, operations and sales and marketing.

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