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Cloud computing's impact on IT strategies

7/30/2015 11:09:48 AM

Cloud-based IT systems are replacing traditional on-premise platforms due to their heightened flexibility and cost-effectiveness, but this transition will require changes to standards within IT that have been adhered to for decades. Virtualization is revolutionizing the field, and such a movement inherently requires a vast array of new and different approaches. 

When an entire industry evolves like this, transitioning can be hectic and confusing for users - especially considering the magnitude of the tasks that come with running a successful IT system in 2015. With that in mind, here are a few changes that organizations can expect to see in their IT initiatives. 

"Management of compiled data will be a crucial component successful IT strategies."

1. Data management will become paramount
CIO contributor Paul Gillin wrote that, as the cloud continues to grow in prevalence, the amount of data cultivated by each organization will duly expand. He cautioned that this may radically alter the skills that IT professionals will need to have in order to find work - those who are proficient at processing and optimizing massive databases will be well-positioned for continued employment. The Internet of Things is also on the rise, and Gillin said he expects this sector to generate extremely large quantities of data. Management of all this compiled information will be a crucial component of running a successful IT strategy. 

Data Center Knowledge contributor Jeff Aden supported this sentiment, arguing that high turnover rates of staff within IT are likely if current workers within the field fail to show competency in new techniques like data analytics and business-centered innovation. The cloud is changing how time and money are being spent on IT practices, and Aden said that it also affords professionals the chance to embark on business initiatives that were previously unaffordable, while cutting down expenses on time-consuming, tedious infrastructure maintenance. 

2. Financial oversight can keep spending under control
Aden reported that on-premise systems do have one distinct advantage - costs are inherently stable and predictable. This allows companies to appropriately allocate resources to the development and maintenance of these systems in advance, which makes budgeting easier and more flexible on an organizational level. 

Cloud users need to closely monitor their cloud expenses to ensure that they don't run up a costly bill. Cloud users need to closely monitor their cloud expenses to ensure that they don't run up a costly bill.

However, the cloud is a little less clear-cut due to its subscription-based nature. While data agility and instantaneous transactions are among its many benefits, Aden warned that subscribers might run up their bill without even realizing it. With the use of a real-time monitoring system, users can track expenses and map out long-term spending in advance. Instead of viewing such a service as a supplementary investment, Aden suggested that businesses simply integrate a cloud expense management tool into their IT strategies, given the importance of running a tight budget. 

3. The IT playing field is finally level for small business
Gillin remarked that SMBs are likely to benefit from the increased rates of cloud adoption. Virtual infrastructure is cheaper than hosting an on-premise data center, since it is not necessary for the subscriber to invest in and fund maintenance for expensive servers. Finally, small businesses can have access to many of the tools and assets th
at were previously only available to enterprise-level organizations. 

Having trouble determining the most appropriate way to transition your organization to the cloud?
The cloud is still relatively new, and can appear somewhat mysterious to many executives who have spent years or even decades running their IT platforms on-site. However, there is nothing to be apprehensive about - contact Apptix, an application modernization provider, for consultation regarding which solutions can best benefit your company and how you can implement them while keeping your IT team up to date with current practices. Apptix has 20 years of experience offering high-caliber advice and software solutions to a wide range of enterprises, and provides expert analysis and insight to your business. 

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