Over the last decade, undertaking a cloud migration process has grown significantly in popularity. Currently, most businesses have moved some services to the cloud, if not all. Companies have realised many of the advantages of such a transition, including the lower cost, scalability, and low maintenance of cloud and SaaS services.
However, while these benefits are obviously important, there are several other lesser known benefits of a cloud transition, which can have a similarly positive impact on your organisation.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Operating a data centre requires a constant power supply for your server. When you add the cooling system needed to avoid overheating and the removal of data centre equipment when it reaches the end of its lifecycle, your data centre is creating quite the carbon footprint. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, data centres consume approximately 1.8% of the overall energy consumption in the US each year. This translates to around 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.
Cloud computing reduces these figures significantly. Transitioning commonly used software applications to the cloud can cut energy use by 87%. In addition, by reducing energy use, businesses can save up to 60-85% in energy costs.
Improved IT Productivity
A cloud migration removes an organisation’s reliance on its IT department to oversee the maintenance of its onsite services, such as installing updates, maintaining servers, and troubleshooting faulty applications. Cloud migrations unburden IT teams from many of these tasks. They can then spend more time and money on innovative new ideas and projects that contribute to the company’s bottom line.
Larger Talent Pool
Undertaking a cloud migration enables staff to access data and business applications from any location via any connected device. This ensures that your employees can work from anywhere with a decent WiFi connection. Consequently, this means that you can hire from anywhere too.
So, whether new employees are based in the same city as your offices or 10,000 miles away, you can easily set them up with telecommuting technology. Thus, enabling them to work remotely. Likewise, if valuable employees move away or prefer to work from home, there’s no need to incur the costs of finding and training new talent. The larger talent pool available to your company provides you with a better opportunity to source and retain the best talent.
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