Is It the Right Time to Move to the Cloud?

Have you been thinking for some time about moving to the Cloud? In the beginning, a wait and see attitude made sense. Let’s see how it works first. Well, that was then. Now, time has passed and you may still be wondering:  “Is it the right time to move to the Cloud?”

How can you determine the optimum time for your move?

For most businesses, transitioning to the Cloud is not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’. Many business owners have already seen that the advantages more than compensate for the costs.  Those who jumped on the Cloud early may have had some ups and downs, but they will tell you now that the benefits they have realized were worth making the change.

Moving to the Cloud is now easier and more secure than it might have been in the beginning. Now major software companies have become committed to working with the Cloud. A big reason for this is the fact that with cloud technology, their applications can remain up to date even between major releases. IT departments like that too because they no longer have to patch up or work around waiting for the next calendar-based release cycle. Improvements and updates are available immediately in the cloud – sometimes six months or more before they are available to on-premise customers.

Here are 4 aspects to consider as you weigh moving to the Cloud:

Your Current Solutions

Technology is great isn’t it? In fact, it gets better all the time, and that is one reason why you have to keep upgrading your infrastructure and systems. To get the most out of your upgraded ERP system you will also need to upgrade the database, the email capabilities, current versions of Office, etc. With the Cloud these updates are automatic and you know you are always working with the latest version and improvements.

Your Current Hardware

As you continually upgrade your on-premise software you will soon find that your hardware requirements will exceed the capabilities of your current systems. Upgrading the software may require upgrading the infrastructure as well, ad infinitum. In fact, some hardware must be updated every two years. When you move to the Cloud, you avoid the need to continually buy new hardware

Capital vs. Operating Costs

On-premise systems are fixed assets, meaning that the capital costs for the system and its implementation must be financed up front and properly accounted for within your capital budgets. With the Cloud, costs become part of your monthly operating expenses instead. Moving to the cloud can lower your initial costs, it can increase your flexibility as you can add new users at any time, based entirely on your own needs and timing and you will save money on in-house IT expenditures, as well.

Competitive Advantages

While you have been considering a transition to the Cloud, your competitors have been moving ahead. Does their move to the Cloud demand that you make the move as well? Not necessarily, but while you are hesitating, their advantage is growing. There is still time to catch up, but how big a lead do you want to give them?

Those who work with your company, your customers, vendors and employees, also need to be considered. What is the perception of your company, products and services? Image certainly isn’t everything, but your ability to attract the people you want to work with may rest on the image you present: Old-school vs. 21st century.

Not every business will move to the Cloud. For a variety of reasons, some may choose, after much consideration, to continue doing business as usual. But for those for whom a move to the cloud makes sense, there is no time like the present.

Contact TMC and let us help you determine the best time and the best way for you to move to the Cloud.

By Technology Management Concepts, your Southern California Microsoft Dynamics Partner

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