Published: 3 February 2017

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Five years ago, the phrases Cloud Technology, Cloud First and Digital by Default hadn’t been coined yet. But in 2017, they are to be heard in every board room and read in every technology roadmap.

By now, most enterprises have incorporated Cloud into their IT strategy, with many planning to adopt more Cloud services than ever in 2017.

This continuing shift of enterprise applications to the Cloud is transforming how we consume, share, manage and store information. Cloud provides organisations with the ability to analyse huge amounts of data in new ways. It also provides valuable insights that can drive cost reduction, increased governance, reduced risk and significant productivity gains.

It’s hard to ignore the rise of Cloud technology in the Enterprise, but despite that, your company may still need a little more information on Cloud adoption. So, let’s look 6 things you need to know about:

1. Everyone’s Doing It

In 2017, business demands will change at faster and faster rates. To cope with this demand, companies need the agility provided by Cloud. Traditional IT approaches just can’t meet the needs of modern client engagement.

That’s why as many as 78% of UK companies have now adopted two or more Cloud services into their IT strategy. In fact, more than half of those companies currently using Cloud services foresee a time when they will move their entire estate to the cloud.

What’s more, it’s here to stay. As you will read below, these organisations stand to gain a lot through a Cloud First approach.

2. Money, Money, Money

The cost reduction in cloud IT resources compared to on-premise systems is the biggest driver for a move to Cloud. It’s simple really, moving large amounts of data and applications to the cloud is a significant cost saving. By using Cloud services, CIOs do not have to invest in new IT infrastructure and have the added availability of scalability at their fingertips.

3. We’ve Only Just Begun

70% of organisations that have already implemented Cloud expect adoption to increase over the next 12 months. It’s undeniable that the transition towards Cloud technology is well and truly underway. And after transitioning, even partially toward Cloud, most organisations are keen to keep the process going.

4. The Best of Both Worlds

62% of Office 365 customers currently have deployed a hybrid approach in their Cloud strategy. This is one of the most reassuring elements of adopting a Cloud strategy; it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

Many organisations are understandably cautious about transitioning to a 100% Cloud focused approach. Hybrid solutions allow companies to start making significant savings with data storage and productivity solutions while managing business critical legacy applications on premise in the short term.

5. Time is Precious

The case made for transitioning to Cloud technology is that it will increase productivity. Less time spent managing legacy systems and tasks frees up IT administrators to become proactive managers rather than reactive trouble-shooters.

Early adopters of Cloud are spending 25% less time on scheduled maintenance and 27% less time on data recovery. Cloud adoption is helping to reduce time spent on mundane tasks, allowing your IT department to expand their roles.

6. Automated Intelligence Can Help Start the Process with Free Data Analytics

One of the hardest tasks facing any organisation considering a move to Cloud is working out exactly what data or applications to transfer. So, why not get a free analysis to identify the potential savings you could make by moving to Cloud.

Automated Intelligence will analyse a sample of your organisation’s data to identify how best to incorporate Cloud into your business strategy. Whether it’s a data transfer or a full shift to Cloud computing, the best solution is one that works for your company.