Don’t be afraid to move away from legacy applications
It’s clear that public cloud platforms will continue to evolve at lightning speed, and this never-before-seen rate of change will force businesses across the board to continually rethink the way they build and manage their applications. Cloud’s accessibility and ease of use is coming hand in hand with previously unimagined innovation.
Cloud computing offers many benefits, says Gavin Ramsay, AWS brand manager at First Distribution. “These include ease of use, having a diverse array of tools at your fingertips, reliable encryption and security, managed IT services, flexibility, strategic value, reduced cost, scalability, and efficiency.”
He says it allows organisations across the board to go from a capex model to an opex model, and benefit from the massive economies of scale that cloud provides. “In addition, businesses can stop guessing about capacity, and can scale up or down as needed, in an instant. Cloud also promises increased speed and agility, which quickens time to market and enables organisations to experiment at a relatively lower cost, driving innovation."
Moreover, they can stop spending money running and maintaining data centres, they can go global in minutes, and don’t need highly skilled human resources to manage these services.
Ramsay says companies may well consider moving away from capital expenditure on laptops and desktops, by adopting virtual desktop infrastructures, to provide cloud workstations to their employees via their clients.
When a company has more control over their infrastructure costs, and embraces all technologies available in the cloud, employees can contribute further to the company’s innovation, he adds. When employees shift their focus from mundane administrative tasks to enabling competitive advantage within the market, they contribute to their own growth and job security.
“The future of cloud computing will most likely represent a combination of cloud-based software products and on-premises compute to create a hybrid IT solution that balances the scalability and flexibility associated with cloud and the security and control of a private data centre.”
Also, he envisions the expansion of managed services or managed capabilities, as well as an expansion in machine learning and artificial intelligence becoming a part of everyday operations. “This will lead to smarter organisations making data-driven decisions.”
Offering organisations one piece of advice regarding the cloud, he says: “Don’t be afraid to move away from legacy applications. Use native cloud applications to effectively utilise the cloud's maximum capabilities in building business differentiators.”
Ramsay will be presenting on ‘How cloud is empowering businesses to move faster and deliver value’, during a Webinar held by ITWeb and sponsored by First Distribution on 10 November at 2 pm.