Ogun Yazici Ogun Yazici
Marketing Intern
8 November 2018

 

In recent years, the use of the Cloud has increased enormously. It is used by both companies and individuals. Despite the growth and opportunities offered by working in the cloud, there have always been objections and reasons for businesses not to use it. Even though we often use cloud services in our private lives, think of your e-mail and internet banking. However, from a business perspective, it sometimes seems like a higher threshold. Are these objections to the Cloud justified? We explain it!

THE CLOUD

Cloud computing is characterized by efficiency, maximum availability, minimal maintenance and mobility. Nowadays we see many trends appearing; such as flexible work and paperless companies. The use of the Cloud fits well with these trends because the documents used by the employees are available at all locations. The increased efficiency is explained by the central location of all documents, there is no need to search for specific documents. Scalability is also an advantage for businesses. Never again will there be too little storage space or lack of processing power. By using the Cloud, additional servers can always be switched on to meet demand. Also consider the advantage of maintenance. Updates and upgrades are performed remotely. The own ICT department no longer has to worry about it. Simply log in via a web browser, wherever and whenever you want to work. Although the Cloud is gaining more and more ground and I-FourC is also noticing that the objections among companies are getting less and less, those objections to the Cloud still exist. Why? The two main reasons are safety and costs.

SAFETY

Some companies are hesitant to take the step to the Cloud when it comes to privacy-sensitive and business-critical information. A major objection to the Cloud is security, because you hand over control of confidential documents and data to an external party. This fear of relinquishing control and documents no longer being tangible is however often unjustified. MITS you choose the right supplier. Therefore, when choosing a supplier, look carefully at the measures that are taken to secure the application. Check the certifications they have. Think of ISO 27001 for information security. But also check with the Data Protection Officer that the supplier has appointed. In addition, it is not a superfluous step to audit the supplier and actually experience how your privacy-sensitive data is handled.

THE COSTS

In addition to safety, entrepreneurs are also concerned about costs. However, this is a major advantage of the Cloud. The servers and software can leave the house. The costs only depend on the use. IT personnel and knowledge can be thinned out while cheap, simple PCs and laptops are sufficient as a gateway to the applications. In a study by the University of Berkeley, it is claimed that cloud services are five times cheaper than regular variants.

 

All in all, we conclude that working in the Cloud is certainly worthwhile and that the objections that exist are unjustified. Yet it is important to be careful and not just trust all Cloud services. To measure is to know, and that also applies to choosing a Cloud service. Want to know more about working in the Cloud? I-FourC will be happy to help you!

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