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How much of the cloud buzz is fabrications of possible benefits, and how much of it is reality?

There's no denying we're in the midst of a cloud craze - but, behind all the hype, is cloud adoption really imperative? How much of the cloud buzz is fabrications of possible benefits, and how much of it is reality? To decipher what's true and what's false, I've put together a list of five reasons why cloud adoption is important, according to the facts:

  1. Freedom from responsibility and costs. Yes, when you move services to a cloud provider, you immediately relinquish some control. However, you instantly free yourself from the cost of hardware and server management, and gain back the time (or manpower) that it would ordinarily take to run IT systems. In fact 84% of CIOs report they've cut application costs by moving to the cloud.
  2. We've moved past initial cloud hiccups. In the earliest stages of cloud adoption, bandwidth was an expensive endeavor and quality over-the-top (OTT) solutions were not readily available. Cloud-based phone systems have become cheaper alternatives to traditional telephony methods, and they function just as well after a few years of trial, error and innovation. This is equally true for SMBs and enterprise.
  3. So your device doesn't control you. Failure to move to the cloud usually means you're dependent on one or several devices to access data and software at any given time. Cloud adoption frees workers from the grip of their devices, enabling the mobile employees to access company software and data with their personal devices.
  4. Support for remote workers and freelancers. Long gone are the days where working from home meant spotty access and expensive cell phone bills. Cloud adoption makes it possible to work from home, or anywhere you go, without having to compromise the quality of experience. A study by Elance-oDesk revealed that 53 million Americans are now freelancers, which equates to 34% of the American workforce. Remote employees and freelancers alike can have a quality experiences that match an office environment, without forfeiting access to company or client projects and software stored in the cloud.
  5. Access to enterprise systems. Integration with other SaaS systems is happening before our eyes, but it's happening in the cloud. Cloud adoption offers greater access to integrations that give access to entire enterprise systems. Without the cloud, software remains extremely siloed.

More Stories By Kira Makagon

Kira Makagon is an enterprise software expert with vast experience in the cloud, mobile and adtech space. As EVP of Innovation at RingCentral, she spearheads product management, strategy, engineering and operations. Prior to RingCentral, she founded Red Aril, and co-founded or held executive positions at Octane Software and Scopus Technology.

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