These are key questions facing business owners and directors. You would not contemplate running a business without technology these days. Do you need to own it? If you own it, you need to manage, maintain and upgrade it. If you do not own it, do you have control of your data, your systems, and your business? It is a continuing judgement call.
Considering these issues often leads our clients to embark on their Cloud journey. Some worry cloud computing can be risky, possibly reducing control and visibility. Increasingly, they come to acknowledge when it comes to reducing costs and delivering higher levels of control to the business, cloud services are the best option.
The “IT as a utility” model shows how the risks are reduced. With data security and management facilities available within many cloud solutions, lack of ownership does not have to mean lack of control. Moreover, far from limiting visibility, cloud services can enhance end-to-end visibility across your business data operations and performance. In turn, this can improve the quality of customer service at minimal cost.
When you ask “Why own IT?“ you should also consider why would anyone want the responsibility of running a non-core service in-house for something that they will struggle to manage, update and control?
Cloud computing is your answer.
With cloud services, CIO’s and IT Directors can now focus more on business critical services and applications that deliver direct results. You are no longer restricted to your in-house technologies or your in-house maintenance and support.
You can test new and emerging applications in a separate environment that remains under your control but enables you to trial and integrate new services without disrupting your business operations and users.
In an environment with multiple technologies provided by multiple vendors, we understand you do not want the resourcing cost or time implications of having your IT engineers trained, accredited and updating their skillset. You want 24/7 flexibility and the option to buy services as you need them coupled with ongoing support when required. You are spending less on hardware, and software is available on an SPLA monthly model. Manufacturers have responded to these changes in demand. They recognise organisations are no longer buying product. They demand a solution.
Another major driver for deciding on cloud computing decision is the increasing focus on regulation and compliance. In the past, this was commonly dismissed with “No-one is checking”. Today, auditing organisations can – and do – enforce stringent financial penalties among others. We appreciate our clients want to be compliant but want to engage with a provider who can help them achieve compliance without needing to carry the cost and responsibility of keeping up to date with regulations and requirements.
The Cloud can offer you fast, compliant, on-demand services without the need for long-term commitment in resources and applications. It will support your mobile employees as well as office-based teams. Most significantly, it provides flexibility and the opportunity to grow and enhance your IT services portfolio at low risk.
With over 10 years’ experience of delivering leading-edge Cloud services for small to mid-size organisations, gaining valuable knowledge, insights and learning that have enabled us to develop a highly agile Cloud computing platform to lead the market.
Due to our in-depth experience, we recognise concerns business owners have as they contemplate moving business systems and applications to the Cloud infrastructure. We know choosing the right partner for this journey is of critical importance. With our transparent reporting and self-management technologies, the Fifosys IT team build trust and confidence with our clients so we can support and guide you throughout.
In some cases, it can be beneficial working with a single Cloud provider. However, we appreciate every business and their IT needs is unique. In some situations, competitive Cloud solutions make more sense. If this is the best option for your business, we will act as a Cloud broker. We will identify the most appropriate Cloud solutions for you; support you in your decision through our carefully selected technology partners and continue a fully managed relationship with them on your behalf.
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