So your CEO has been to one of the hundreds of Cloud events that have been held so far this year, or has read the recent BBC article “Cloud Computing – how to get you business ready” and is now full of the idea that Cloud is the way forward and that the company needs to move to the Cloud as soon as possible. So the CEO has laid down the challenge get us to the cloud fast, but what now?

Obviously you are familiar with the Cloud and have read hundreds of articles around what cloud is BUT where do you begin and more importantly why do you begin? I believe that key to the success of any cloud project is the belief in what you are doing and understanding what is driving your company to choose this route. Like any project if we don’t understand the reasons behind the project and the project goals it’s impossible to measure up success or failure. In this blog I am going to outline the 4 main reasons I feel you should move to the Cloud as soon as possible! Future blogs will discuss how to get you there.

  1.  Ready or not cloud is coming 

We have all heard the primary benefits of cloud essentially its touted as making you IT leaner, greener and meaner and I am sure you have read the increasing number of articles which suggest benefits such as; Cloud promises savings and delivers speed, India’s Cloud Computing industry will be worth $1 billion in five years time, with cloud pegged as The invisible revolution. Whether you agree or disagree with these arguments what must be acknowledged is the fact that Cloud Computing is quickly moving from a early adopters position to an early majority phase in the technology adoption lifecycle . What this means for us is that Cloud is coming whether we are ready or not, this alone means cloud can not be ignored as if we are not researching the possibilities we can be sure your competitors are.

  1.  The mobile workforce 

The number of us considered to be “mobile” in the workforce is increasing year on year from the shop floor to the boardroom, the ability to connect with suppliers, colleagues and clients from wherever you are based, is becoming increasingly important. The new world, where real time information must be available to employees anytime and from anywhere, is all about having access to the same applications and data from mobile devices, that you can access in the office, or on site. Cloud computing is in part being driven by this need for mobility, as the whole point behind cloud is access from anywhere, where as legacy and core applications can hinder this movement to mobile.

  1.  The economic crisis

The global recession has fueled the growth in cloud computing as IT budgets get smaller and smaller yet the technical requirements continue to grow. Cloud is seen by many as the logical solution as capital expenditure is replaced with operational expenditure and users benefit from the economies of scale that cloud computing brings even to the little guy. There has been much debate on the actuality of cost savings through cloud computing “the real question for many IT departments is whether the cost of transition to an external compute cloud will be low enough to benefit from any medium-term savings” however despite these concerns cost savings continue to be one of the main drivers of companies to the cloud and will be one of the main reasons your CEO or CIO has bought into the idea of Cloud.

  1.  The competitive advantage

This above all in my mind is the key reason to move to the cloud ultimately if done correctly your cloud environment can bring you a significant advantage in this time of economic concerns which may lead your company to succeed where many other fall by the way side.

To summarise I believe that moving to the cloud can and will save many companies from extinction bringing with it a new breed or super effective IT departments who will no longer be seen as a drain on the budget but who will become one of the main competitive advantages of the company. A word of caution though moving to the cloud is not simple and a different cloud adoption models will be required by each organisation, choosing the wrong model could be a costly mistake. I will cover the different cloud models and the best way to move to the cloud in subsequent posts.