Successful digital businesses are holistically applying the concepts of mobile, social, and big data to reimagine their business.
A Cloud platform creates the connections and is a once-in-a generation technology advancement being harnessed to accelerate innovation, enable new business scenarios, speeding time to market, or driving cost savings. At a time when everything is going mobile and social media redefines how we communicate, when data stores are exploding and leading to new insights, the cloud platform is the key enabler. As we begin to redefine business by tapping into the opportunities enabled by mobile, social, and big data – by default you have to look at the Cloud as it ties all of that together. With these clear benefits on the horizon, business also have concerns as it relates to security, privacy, and more than ever before, concerns of government access to data. In a November 2014 Gartner analysis and survey, 63% of respondents chose “security and/or privacy” as some of the top reasons for not using a public cloud, more than twice as high as any other concern. (Gartner Predicts 2015: Cloud Computing Goes Beyond IT Into Digital Business) Due to those concerns, many organizations have deployed private or hybrid cloud environments, so they don’t have to compromise and can take advantage of existing investments.
Cloud computing is a very broad topic and by nature, draws many myths. As Garter pointed out in an October 14th article The Top Ten Cloud Myths, cloud computing is perceived as less secure, even though most of the breaches to date have been within on-premise data center environments. Many organizations are adopting hybrid cloud strategies and deploying the business applications that meet their workload demands, many of which are new applications, but in a phased approach that’s aligned with their data center strategies. Cloud providers are constantly evolving and increasing their overall security capabilities and so far, the 3 dominant public cloud offerings are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. As an example, Microsoft and its SharePoint collaboration platform is being leveraged more than ever by many organizations who are replacing in-house legacy applications and centralizing email and messaging for pennies on the dollar, as seen by the rapid rise of Office 365 applications. Examples include replacement of in-house business intelligence (KPIs), reporting engines and state-of-the art customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. The availability of SharePoint in the cloud represents a point of inflection in technology and strategic differentiation for enterprises. It enables a new wave of innovation and automation of manual and e-mail centric processes with significant cost savings.
No matter what strategy your organization is taking to reap the benefits of the cloud, CGI can provide current expertise to help you architect and migrate your SharePoint content to the cloud, Office 365, or streamline your current business processes and workflow for optimum results.