Graeme O'driscoll
Graeme O'driscoll Head: Software Engineering

“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines ... There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear.”

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This is a quote from Bill Gates, a man who more than 20 years ago released Windows 95; software that totally redefined computing and changed the tech world. While most of us may be rather afraid of change, modern businesses need to adapt constantly, or they run the risk of being left behind.

Just consider companies like Kodak or Blackberry. Once market leaders, both failed to evolve at the same pace as their competitors. And today are utterly irrelevant.

Cloud computing is already a reality and is poised to have an even greater impact than the Internet. It may be intimidating to put all of your sensitive business data into this remote server network, but the possibilities that businesses from all industries and of all sizes can enjoy by migrating to the cloud are endless.

This blog debunks a few myths that may be preventing your enterprise from taking a leap into cloud.

Myth #1 - Migrating to the cloud means that you lose control

IT directors or CIOs fear that handing control to a third-party means that they are in charge of making critical decisions when something goes wrong. You no longer get to decide what hardware and software is used or how to respond in the event of a problem. This is not the case - with the right cloud platform and service provider, you still get to make the decisions and a flexible allocation of resources means you control how many or few resources you need.

Myth #2: You’re more vulnerable to cyberattacks

When you store something on the internet, you are at risk for a cyberattack. But the right partner will have advanced firewalls, security technologies and advanced systems in place to ensure that your data is secure. This allows your on-site IT department to focus on other tasks.

Myth #3: Moving to the cloud can be costly

For many organisations, a cloud platform is seen as a big, and costly, investment. But the returns are substantial. Research from KPMG revealed that 70% of IT and business executives believe that cloud brings positive returns in terms of productivity and cost savings.

Myth #4: The legal and compliance implications are significant

Business continuity, compliance and legal liabilities, these are just a few reasons a business may choose to steer clear of a cloud platform. But this shouldn’t be a hurdle, it should merely be something that a company needs to consider when evaluating suppliers. If you start by moving less important data to the cloud first, you give your legal team time to investigate which suppliers meet the necessary governance and compliance requirements.

It’s okay to be cautious about cloud adoption, fearing what impact this technology could have on your business. But by confronting your fear of the cloud and moving passed it, you may just be saying “yes” to a solution that will keep your business ahead of the competition. If you’re looking for some extra guidance, check out our Enterprise Cloud Management Challenges Guide, here.

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