Now that the cloud has become a household name, businesses are becoming more selective in how they choose their services. Business needs and concerns have changed significantly since the cloud first emerged, meaning there are new market drivers to consider. Agility is still a top driver, but the significance of things like Cost, Performance and Security play varied roles depending on company industry and size.
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Adopting the cloud should be an enabler to becoming a more agile organization. But if your cloud footprint looks exactly like your on-premises configuration, how likely is it that you’ll receive all the benefits? Your current infrastructure is probably over-provisioned, which makes sense because your current operating model is characterized by long lead times to accomplish most activities.
The Cloud is delivering benefits of business agility, competitive advantage and cost reductions to companies that have moved their workloads. If your business has yet to make that move, at the very least you should make investigating Cloud services one of your 2018 initiatives.