Although there are still some advocates for legacy enterprise computing technologies, decision-makers need to understand the global IT transformations that are contributing to change. In many cases, traditional infrastructure solutions simply cannot keep up with the fast-paced demands of today’s businesses, especially as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and other mobile strategies become more incorporated into everyday operations.
A recent CIO report highlighted how using cloud infrastructure services is the only effective way to manage a company’s use of the “three Ms” – mobile, media and marketing. Because the public cloud is highly flexible, scalable and cost-efficient, decision-makers can migrate the three Ms to the hosted environment without worrying about connectivity, availability or wasting precious time and resources.
If executives fail to grasp the importance of using the cloud in today’s business world, they will have trouble keeping their business up to date and relevant with the ongoing transformations in the private sector, CIO noted. Mobility in particular will play a crucial role in the development of the enterprise, as individuals will continue to demand the use of smartphones, tablets and other devices in the workplace.
Understanding the mobile landscape
Legacy applications were developed with a particular set of operating systems in mind because executives were able to predict the tool’s usage and population. Today’s applications are much different because decision-makers cannot accurately forecast when and how any given mobile device will be used or what software will be leveraged outside the office, CIO reported.
Furthermore, mobile apps are developed with a wide range of endpoints in mind. This means the software needs to be capable of supporting a bigger combination of interfaces. When solutions are created and used in the cloud, they are much more open than traditional applications, allowing them to be accessed by more devices.
A separate report by MarketsandMarkets highlighted the fact that the BYOD and enterprise mobility market is estimated to expand at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 13 percent between 2012 and 2017, at which time it will generate more than $181 billion in revenue, up from slightly more than $67 billion in 2011.
Mobility and cloud go hand in hand
As more companies adopt BYOD and other mobile initiatives, they will inevitably migrate to the cloud for its easy management and real-time availability from virtually anywhere, CIO said. This was echoed in another study of more than 3,600 cloud computing users by independent research firm TNS, which found that 33 percent of respondents deployed the cloud because their organization uses multiple computing devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and other endpoints.
In fact, mobile demands outpaced other critical cloud features, as only 21 percent of respondents said they are migrating to the cloud to improve agility, while 17 percent are doing so to reduce expenses, TNS reported.
CIO noted that the public cloud’s high-load variability can easily manage the fluctuating traffic volumes associated with using mobile devices in and outside the workplace. Because a cloud infrastructure is so flexible, firms can manage a large number of users without experiencing bottlenecks or other performance issues.
As businesses around the world embrace mobility to improve operations and agility, using the cloud will naturally be the next step. Executives need to understand that leveraging the cloud can provide a number of benefits to their firm and give them a competitive advantage over rival enterprises, especially since the cloud market is still relatively young. By planning ahead and taking specific corporate demands into account, decision-makers can adopt mobility and the cloud without any challenges.
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