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Wednesday 30th January 2019
by Aidan McEvoy

Aidan McEvoy

Digital Workspace trends – Part 3: Cloud shift

Welcome to the third in our series of blogs based around digital workspace trends. You can see the previous post regarding chatbots here and the article about digitisation and returning to productivity here.  This post is about how the shift towards cloud will accelerate. Read on…

Gartner says that by 2021, more than half of global enterprises already using cloud today will adopt an all-in cloud strategy. And, in a separate report, “36% of IT spending on implementation services is already cloud-based and 28% of IT spending on software is software as a service (SaaS).”

Objections are lessening and more organisations are recognising the value of moving to the cloud. And so, as they move towards a cloud environment, the pace and accuracy of decision-making increases. Data becomes accessible to all employees anywhere at any time and across multiple devices. This will also boost both workforce and organisational productivity.

The report found that by 2020, anything other than a cloud-only strategy for new IT initiatives will require justification at more than 30% of large-enterprise organisations.

What is causing the cloud shift?

  • Better and convenient security and data management
  • Lower infrastructure costs
  • Remote working capability offered by cloud storage
  • Secure backup and disaster recovery as required by GDPR
  • With the right tools, data stored in the cloud is extremely secure
  • Necessity for real-time data

What should you look for in your cloud provider?

A recent Gartner report advises organisations on 5 priorities to look for in your cloud provider. Here is Trilogy’s top 3.

  1. Do they have processes in place to mitigate security and compliance risks? Are they GDPR compliant and can they help you maintain your compliance? You should also consider whether they are IS0 27001 certified. ISO 27001 is a globally recognised international standard for managing information security risks. ISO 27001 certification enables organisations to assure their stakeholders that the security of the data entrusted to them is managed correctly.
  2. Industry experience. Cloud service providers such as AWS and Microsoft Azure launch over 40 new cloud features per month meaning they have thousands by now. AWS has 500 security features alone. There are also migration and management processes involved when moving huge amounts of data and applications to the cloud. Do you choose public or private cloud? You need a partner with experience in your industry to help you decide and plan the right move for your business.
  3. The right partners. Your cloud partner needs to have the correct mix of business and technology partners to ensure you have the best possible service.

Trilogy works with both Microsoft and AWS and has the best in class technology partners to provide you with the most effective solution to meet your business needs.

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