3 Cloud myths that many managers have
The cloud has been growing at explosive rates and has already hit the $1 billion cloud spending mark in 2015 alone. Despite the wide adoption of organizations, many managers and executives of businesses still have several cloud myths which are affecting their cloud investment decisions. These result in either foregoing the option to migrate to the cloud or expect it to deliver exceptional value without knowing much about how it works and what is needed to leverage cloud to its full potential. These myths are as follows:
Cloud is about saving costs
Much of the benefits talked about the cloud relate to the substantial costs savings that organizations can achieve. While this is true, it is only so to an extent. There are other more important reasons that firms migrate to the cloud apart from saving costs. In fact, according to a press release from Gartner in 2014, firms that adopted the cloud achieved a cost saving of only 14 percent of the total cloud usage.
Therefore, cost reductions indeed are a crucial reason for firms embracing the cloud, but, it is not the only reason. Many firms choose the cloud for attaining a strong competitive advantage over their rivals, and also in speeding up their business processes. More importantly, firms that effectively utilize the cloud are the only ones that can witness significant cost-savings.
Cloud implementation leads to greater business efficiency
It is bad enough for thought leaders and other experts to hype the latest technology solution for firms. What is worse, however, is the way managers and executives of companies brush up their innocence by pretending to know everything and hastily investing in the latest buzzword. Yes, don’t do that! Managers often assume that by simply migrating to the cloud, the company will become efficient.
This results in bad investments, poor returns, and the added challenge of cultivating a workforce that has not come to grips with a new technology solution. Moreover, many do not consider if the cloud really is for their business or if other technology solutions, such as marketing automation, data analytics, and enterprise mobility management may prove to be far superior for their business goals and objectives.
Data stored in the cloud is less secure than on-premise
The cloud sure has received a fair share of the security concern, and managers have expressed their fears of migrating to the cloud for the very same reason. However, there appears to be more of a superstition than an informed view. So far, many of the security breaches have taken place a lot more in on-premise environments than on public cloud networks.
Sure this shouldn’t take away the fact that clouds can be very insecure for data storage and sharing capabilities. However, companies that store data on-premise for thinking they have a better chance of securing their confidential data are highly mistaken.
This is why it is important that they place emphasis on using advanced security threat and removal systems.
In conclusion, managers need to think past their assumptions about the cloud network to be able to make the best decision for their corporate goals. They must first assess their need for the cloud then familiarize themselves with its many details so as to consider all possible opportunities and risks.