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The role of cloud computing has never been more important

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By Amit Gupta, Founder and CEO, Rapyder Cloud Solutions

How has cloud computing technology helped enterprises in digital transformation?

Slow and steady do not always win the race. Time with cloud technology and experiments are long gone. Today, cloud technologies are becoming an integral part of human lives. Be it business, workforce or life of a man, cloud technologies touch our day-to-day routine one way or the other.

However, the slow adoption rate was given a big blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. Risk to human lives, lockdown and strict federal regulations enforced enterprises to focus on cloud tech a lot sooner than expected.

Now with each passing moment businesses work not only towards a smooth cloud tech adoption but also the transformation of traditional models.

The rise of cloud computing and digital transformation

The rise of the digital economy has increased the dependency on effective use of cloud technology to support ongoing business processes and gain a competitive edge. According to Forbes, around 83% of workloads will be hosted on the cloud by 2020. 74% of Tech CFOs believe cloud computing will be the biggest business driving force. 89% of enterprises plan to adopt or have already adopted digital transformation.

Another study by Forbes shows that executives consider digital transformation as an important survival methodology. An IDG study reveals that around 92% of executives consider digital transformation plans as an integral part of their firm’s business strategy. For any digital transformation to happen, it is imperative for the technology ecosystem to go hand in hand with the scope of digital transformation outlaid. In a multi cloud reality, all terms like IoT, cloud computing, the approaches taken all fall under the same umbrella terms.

CIOs are looking at getting away from legacy IT systems and achieving a hybrid cloud environment in a multi cloud environment in a more realistic way.

How is cloud computing technology helping businesses become agile?

Cloud technologies are the foundation stone of today’s agile business world. A best-suited cloud tech not only speeds up the process, automates & improves business but also helps companies with increased –

• Flexibility
• Cost-saving
• Security
• Collaboration

Some of the newest cloud technology witnessing rapid inclusion are-

• Artificial Intelligence
• Machine Learning
• Big Data Analytics
• Internet of Things

However, these technologies require heavy computational power and storage space and setting up an in-house solution is not cost-effective. In these situations, cloud computing solution providers become life saviors.

Reasons why companies are pushing digital transformation –

1. It enables enhanced customer experience.
2. It reduces time to market.
3. It is a faster way to push innovation.

Why choose the hybrid way

Despite several advantages, companies are not going 100% agile. The reason to blame is mistrust with new technologies, compliance and legacy systems.

Today, enterprises are moving away from an only public cloud model and adopting a mix of public plus private cloud to ensure data supremacy, cost optimization, fulfillment of regulatory obligations and security.

Hybrid not only provides assurances of a traditional setup but also presents opportunities for innovation through new cloud computing technologies. It makes product delivery & implementation faster with maximum efficiency and personalized customer service.

To meet the increasing need for a hybrid cloud setup, Cloud software moguls like Microsoft, Google and Amazon are launching solutions that allow businesses to manage both private and public cloud simultaneously.

Roadblocks in implementing cloud computing technology for digital transformation

Businesses need to consider the below-mentioned factors before incorporating a cloud solution in their digital strategy:

• Data security
• Service Quality
• Pricing
• Performance
• Migration challenges over heritage systems
• IT compliance

Implementing a solution or choosing a cloud computing service provider that provides a solution for the above-mentioned challenges can be a game-changer.

Cloud is the new business strategy and with each passing day, it is becoming a mode to survive and thrive. In an era when success is measured by customer experience, a cloud-enabled digital transformation strategy is a must-have to businesses.

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