Companies are often hesitant to migrate their business applications to the cloud.
It makes sense. Many business owners view application migration as a daunting process and don’t want to take on the project internally. Or, they’re happy with the status quo and don’t want to mess with their current workflow.
But there are a lot of hidden risks if you choose to hold on to an old business application.
Legacy, on-premise software applications are slow. They can’t accommodate remote workers and have poor disaster recovery capabilities. If you don’t have offsite data backup (which often comes with high maintenance and storage costs), then you could lose essential company data in an outage.
Migrating aging business applications like your accounting system, CRM or service desk platform to the cloud can reduce costs, speed up operations and improve collaboration.
Here are the top benefits of migrating your application to the cloud.
Public cloud platforms like AWS and Microsoft Azure are incredibly efficient. They’re cheaper to run than on-premise applications when managed correctly.
For example with cloud applications, you no longer have to purchase and maintain expensive equipment and additional systems. You only pay for what you use — paying more during peak times and less when you don’t need as much storage capacity and infrastructure.
Do your employees save data directly to their computers? What would happen if a computer crashed tomorrow? Or if your laptop was stolen or lost?
Your data is accessible on any device with cloud applications. So, if something happens to your computer, you still have access to that information. And if your laptop does wind up in the wrong hands, you can clear your machine remotely.
Plus, with a cloud managed services provider, they usually manage security updates and patches to keep your devices safe from cyber threats.
Cloud applications also enable teams to collaborate on documents and files in real time. No more emailing 20 different versions of the same document back and forth.
When you first start migrating to the cloud, you’ll probably have a good idea of what your company needs. But as your business grows, you’ll need more infrastructure. The cloud is ideally suited for companies in evolving markets. You can easily purchase more storage space, or even downsize your services, as needed.
Once you identify the additional resources and space you need, you can implement it as soon as possible.
Employees no longer need to be tied to their desktops to get work done.
Cloud-based applications allow employees, clients, and vendors to access documents and data from any location or device, increasing availability and productivity.
Disaster recovery can be expensive if you’re still using on-premise applications. You either have to hope your data is safe should a power failure, or natural disaster strike or you have to purchase a copy of the setup you have now and place it in another location for safe keeping.
With the cloud, however, your data is automatically backed up. And as soon as you start working again, you’ll be able to pick back up where you left off. Plus, the system will be able to log any information about a power failure or sudden cease in operations to protect you in the future.
Transitioning to the cloud can help you and your business work faster, scale better and breathe easier thanks to each of these features.
When you hire Helixstorm to perform your migration, you gain an expert, specialized team who can lead you through the transition. We’ll start with an analysis of your current infrastructure, work with you to create a migration strategy tailored to your needs and even enhance your business application in the cloud.
Contact us today to talk about your cloud migration needs.