After a decade of testing the waters in cloud deployments, more companies will shift their workloads to the cloud. Seeking enterprise-grade security, seamless integrations, and pain-free upgrades, the shift to cloud will continue in earnest. This will drive careful selection of technology providers, as customers seek a new mix of delivery methods to simplify their IT strategy.
According to Forrester’s 2017 predictions, the cloud market will accelerate even faster in 2017, while organizations struggle to connect employees, customers and devices at a rapid rate and remain competitive in the marketplace. It’s expected that more than 80% of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud in the next three years. Cloud agility will increasingly play a role in customers choosing to move to cloud – taking advantage of rapid deployment options, and a wide range of cloud service levels to remove delays associated with capital acquisition and time to provision hardware and operating environments.
All of these factors are driving the rapid shift to cloud. What has become more urgent is the need to reduce issues around performance, integration, and security with existing on-premises systems, while offering top-notch customer experience in an age of zero tolerance for digital interruptions. With risk transferred to cloud experts, enterprise leaders hope to focus more on transforming their organizations instead of constantly troubleshooting technology. The ultimate goal? Never face technology upgrade challenges again, yet enjoy ongoing new features as cloud services simply serve up the latest software versions.
Could 2017 be the year of this “final upgrade”?
What to Look for in Cloud Providers
Cloud experts advise that CIOs look for providers that offer enterprise-grade security as well as technology standardization, automation, and a data-centric approach to information security.
Seamless migration will afford organizations months of saved time, with a 20 to 50% reduction in operational costs over competitors who choose to self-manage their solutions. Mature data migration services can make this easy for organizations.
Providers such as OpenText have a dedicated Cloud Practice who manage the applications, services and solutions in the cloud. Professional Services can help with application upgrade and migration planning, and implementation, and even create customized applications and solutions. Full-service providers can also deliver personalized services based on the enterprise’s specific needs, offering cloud delivery managers and dedicated support teams who can quickly resolve service issues.
Every enterprise will need some level of user or administrator training as migrations occur, so look for Education Services to fine-tune education – whether accelerating new user education or helping advanced users and administrators achieve an optimal experience.
Since the shift to managed cloud is slated to continue well beyond 2017, plan for cloud and hybrid options in your Enterprise systems. As you select strategic partners for your move to the cloud, consider the package of services your provider can deliver, as well as the technology portfolio.
Will this be your year to experience the final upgrade for your Enterprise Information Management system?