As the business world shifts attitudes to adopt cloud computing, decision-makers need to understand the potential benefits associated with migrating applications to the hosted environment. While the majority of solutions will experience at least some level of performance improvements from being deployed in a cloud-based environment, the degree to which services are enhanced varies between providers. For this reason, companies need to map out their cloud projects, ensuring that applications which will experience the most dramatic upgrades are the ones that are being moved to the cloud.
In the past, executives embraced the “everything cloud” philosophy, which encouraged them to move every possible solution to the cloud. After a short time, companies began to realize this wasn’t the most cost-effective or efficient way to operate, forcing decision-makers to develop new cloud adoption and deployment strategies.
Today’s biggest cloud challenge is simply finding which tools will operate the most efficiently in the cloud without introducing any unnecessary complications throughout the rest of the infrastructure. A recent TechTarget report highlighted how organizations should look at three separate points when assessing which solutions should move to the cloud: the labor benefits associated with moving those applications, the optimistic financial opportunities and the agility improvements associated with the migration.
Understanding the cost of labor
If using a cloud-based application saves workers’ time, the cost of labor is generally equivalent to the value of the time that is saved, TechTarget stated. If specific solutions enable organizations to be more productive, for example, those tools are more likely to provide a significant return on investment, strengthening the long-term success of enterprises.
At the same time, however, decision-makers also need to consider how many employees certain applications need to support, as reinforcing the operations of too many individuals can put a strain on the overall performance and availability of that service. In other words, businesses should assess their IT landscape to determine the solutions that will save time after being moved to the cloud, but are not jeopardized by increased attention and use.