Below are a couple of examples of businesses that are a good cloud fit and a couple of businesses that are not a good cloud fit.
Clients in the Cloud
1. A company with three locations had a server at each location and six separate databases – a complex and costly data infrastructure to maintain. Today, the three offices access two database applications on a single server in the cloud. It’s a far more productive, secure and affordable arrangement than what they were doing before.
2. A startup that couldn’t yet afford office space for its small group of employees quickly got up and running by establishing the business exclusively in the cloud. Everyone worked from home and accessed applications and data through our Cloud7 platform. They did ultimately add a physical office, but because they didn’t have to at first, they weren’t forced to wait to start their company.
Clients Intentionally Not in the Cloud
1. One medical equipment manufacturer we work with extensively uses resource-intensive CAD software to design the equipment they manufacture. If they moved that software to the cloud, they would risk incurring significant costs for additional memory or hard drive space needed to accommodate those applications.
2. A CPA firm that we’ve served for 20 years is about the same size now as it was when we first started working with them. With no growth in headcount, standardized computing resources across all their staff and just one office, they have little reason to change to a computing model whose benefits lie in making it easier and less costly to operate multiple locations and to support an expanding and/or shrinking workforce.
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Bill McCharen, COO
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