When companies make the transition from an on-premise deployment to a cloud-based solution, three types of cloud cost savings can be expected: monetary, staffing and time. So far, we’ve focused on the monetary and staff cost savings, so in this post we’ll cover the time savings and how making the transition from on-premise to the cloud can save you time by leveraging adaptability and removing the non-value-added tasks from your current IT staff.
Perhaps the greatest advantage that a Cloud solution has over its on-premise counterparts is its ability to adapt to the needs and timetables of company expansion. Traditionally, when companies needed to increase or improve their IT resources, their search could easily become a time-consuming and financially draining task.
Decisions on what infrastructure to add, who to buy it from and even how and when to hire new staff members to handle the additional workload all required a notable amount of time for proper execution. Later on, all of those problems quickly multiplied when companies needed to expand their infrastructure to a more international setting.
When companies allow a cloud-based software provider to maintain the IT infrastructure of the solution they’re using, these problems are never an issue. Cloud hosting allows for companies to scale their IT needs up, or down, as needed, and instead of waiting on the time for delivery or the set-up time needed for scalability, the already existing infrastructure makes the process as painless as possible.
While the most apparent time savings happens whenever companies expand, the greatest benefit to moving away from an on-premise setup comes from the removal of tasks that most companies have accepted as necessary for the day-to-day operations.
In order to guarantee that a company’s cyber security is as safe as possible, tasks like regularly patching software, monitoring activity and fixing glitches and hiccups within the system must be regularly completed in order to maintain both security and compliance with appropriate governing bodies (I.E. HIPPA, SOC, etc.). No matter if the time to complete these tasks takes minutes or hours, they all add up to several hours, even days, weeks or months of FTE time.
That FTE time could be much better spent on value-adding tasks like focusing on the unique needs of your business or working on other IT projects that have been on your backlog. While individually these tasks can be mere inconveniences to the day-to-day workflow, surveys show that maintenance tasks can add up to over 50% of the IT team’s time across all sizes of companies. Still, these issues must be taken care of in order to avoid an audit, so it’s up to you to decide who will assume the burden – your employees or your cloud provider.
When companies consider making the switch to a cloud-based solution, many only consider the monetary gain. However, the increase in efficiency of your current IT staff and the flexibility to grow quickly when the time is right is untapped resource to support the growth of a company.
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The Complete Series:
- Cloud Cost Savings Series 1 of 3 – The Monetary Mishaps of Remaining On-Premise
- Cloud Cost Savings Series 2 of 3 – Perks for Future Personnel
- Cloud Cost Savings Series 3 of 3 – Time Savings Tailored to Your Circumstances
Written by: Caleb Walter
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