State of Industry:
Today’s organization is very different from what it used to be a few years ago. Data, data everywhere. While storage systems and servers have gotten way cheaper, the cost of having to maintain & tune them has escalated.
Have you considered what your TCO should be for having to maintain and manage so much data?
Business teams want more effective data, not just more data. The data has to be conducive to decision making, be available in the right format, be easy to use, and provide in-depth decision making with ease. Every IT department faces this uphill challenge. They are expected to do more while the budgets keep shrinking.
So, how can you continue to keep an eye on your TCO while serving the data needs of the business organization?
You might or might not have a data warehouse, an ODS, a data lake, but if you do, congratulations, you’ve taken a good first step. How is it going? Have you spent a lot of time fixing data problems that your users point out while tuning your delivery systems and keeping abreast with the ever changing data landscape?
Are you having to juggle and manage disaster recovery, security and compliance?
In addition to having to constantly fix data problems your entire data team is working on data fixes and ETL rather than helping the business put that data to good use.
Are you working too hard? - Business teams need more agility and your IT organization is working on it but is it enough? In our experience building, managing, maintaining and tuning data warehouses are hard, star schemas, snow flake schema, faceless facts, type 1 and type 2 dimensions come with a lot of maintenance, take a long time to develop, need a lot of fine tuning etc etc..
What is Cloud?Simply put, cloud is a way to drastically reduce your spend on Information technology servers / hardware & infrastructure so that your technology team(s) can focus on strategic efforts rather than maintenance and troubleshooting performance problems.
What is the problem?
Today, companies receive a lot of data on a day to day basis. They have to spend a lot of time, money and expend resources on processing that data to derive meaningful information from it to make business decisions.
Why do I need the cloud?
Companies are overburdened with increasing hardware & maintenance costs, technical staff are not cheap and are difficult to find and retain. In addition, much of the hardware and software needed to process and compute the data is left unused during non-peak hours.
In addition, you also have to worry about keeping backups, managing recovery & changes to the configuration while handling procurement with vendors & trying to satisfy the increasing demands for compute power required for business operations.
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What does the cloud solve for me?
The cloud enables you to only pay for your compute needs when you need them without tying you down with expensive hardware and software. You only pay for the resources you use and for how long you use them. This is typically a fraction of your current cost model along with the flexibility to dynamically scale up or down based on needs. And, for all the non-use periods, you spend nothing. That should make your CFO very happy.
How does it work?
The cloud frees you up from having to plan for, purchase of IT hardware or storage devices. This means, potentially $0 maintenance costs because the cloud providers are able to procure these resources via bulk pricing and pass on the savings to you so you can use them and pay for them only for the duration of your use. So, for example if you have an hour of processing, you only pay for the duration of time you used each service within that processing time. If you want to use more, you pay more. Billing is by the minute.
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Is my data safe? What about performance?
Cloud services come with very high performance guarantees (99.9% SLA), high security (think Google security and ask yourself when was google last hacked?) & protection via double encryption. The cloud platform also provides robust analytics and machine learning capabilities that you can leverage via the same pay as you go model.
What happens if we use the cloud?
So, while you can make your CFO happy, you will also make your business users happy and not have to deal with the performance issues that plague your IT teams so that they can focus on moving your company forward by developing more agile application features and services that your business teams require.
Have a question about moving to the cloud?
How can I learn more?Visit our cloud solutions page and download our free e-book, this will provide you with a more in-depth look into what it means to get into the cloud. There is of-course a lot more to cover which we can help you navigate.
You can also contact us for a FREE cloud assessment.