Thought Leadership on Business Strategy & Technology Value presented by Paragon Solutions.
Now that 2016 is upon us, it is a good time to learn about the tools that are shaking up the world of collaboration, document management, knowledge management and information architecture. There is one clear standout: the Cloud.
In January 2015, an article in Forbes said, “Global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach $106B in 2016, increasing 21% over projected 2015 spending levels.” A Goldman Sachs study published this month projects that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013 through 2018 compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT.
Microsoft, Amazon and a host of other organizations have embraced the Cloud as a service to provide, and organizations large and small are now taking a hard look and jumping into the Cloud aggressively. Its earlier hype is now reality. We are seeing large, global organizations embrace the Cloud, as well as small companies. For life science organizations, there is escalating pressure to embrace the Cloud, particularly for content regulated by FDA 21 CFR Part 11.
Why now? The previous hype created awareness, but now there is a level of maturity relative to confidence in Cloud access, storage and in Cloud applications. The development world and the provider and third-party app worlds have caught up to the hype.
There are now solid, verifiable-use cases of organizations that have migrated content and even business process to Cloud applications. Microsoft has been relentless in pushing Cloud, even though they did commit to on-premise SharePoint 2016.
Paragon Solutions, for example, has embraced the Cloud! Paragon has just completed a migration of exchange and email to the Cloud, and soon we will move much of our SharePoint content to the Cloud. This solves all sorts of problems related to VPN access for our road-warrior team members.
So what are the drawbacks to using the Cloud?
The unknown. There is still a lot of unknowns relative to accessibility and even ability to migrate custom applications and features to multi-tenant Cloud environments
- Staying compliant. Compliance and legal issues relative to content being in the Cloud and where it even exists in the Cloud
- Losing control. Loss of control: a benefit and a drawback. Depending on the type of Cloud service (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) both IT and users can have limited control over platform/application and even end user features and functions
- It ain’t easy. Complexity of moving to the Cloud. Most certainly the migration of your exchange and user profiles to the Cloud can be challenging. Migrating simple content is easy, but integrating with any on-premise applications or custom applications is still relatively new and untested.
Get ready for Cloud 2016
Simply moving out-of-box SharePoint on-premise sites to Office 365 or some Amazon service that hosts SharePoint isn’t going to really help your organization. So what should you do? Your homework. Take steps to understand whether the Cloud is right for your organizations. It’s not all about the ROI; it’s about timing, applicability, culture and need.