The Cloud is alive and well in 2017 - and that should come as no surprise. We included the increasing normality of Cloud adoption in our workforce predictions for the new year without any hesitation, and new data about 2016 only strengthens our position. We're well versed in the ROI cloud-based systems like Kronos Workforce Central can provide (especially as a proud accredited partner), and these benefits have businesses of all sizes acclimating to the idea of change.
The Future is Bright for the Cloud
Last year was a rather impressive year for cloud hosting, and we don't expect that roll to slow this year. Results from the survey by SolarWinds, IT Trends Index 2017, seem to underscore this inevitability while also calling attention to new challenges IT departments now face. Here are five stats that stood out to us as depicting the growth of the Cloud:
- 95% of surveyed professionals across small businesses and enterprises migrated critical applications and IT infrastructure to the cloud in the past year
- The largest area of migration to the cloud was applications, at 74% - a segment that includes workforce management systems like Kronos
- 69% of IT professionals claim their company uses up to three cloud solutions, and 9% use an incredible 10 or more. These solutions span three segments: applications, storage and databases.
- 85% of enterprise IT organizations are expected to commit to multi-cloud architectures by 2018, as predicted by IDC
- Despite all of this migration, nearly half of departments are still spending around 70% of their budget on on-premise solutions
IT Professionals are Caught in the Hybrid Middle
As the survey results show, this change more closely resembles a cautious wade into the waters than a heartfelt leap, and IT professionals are having to adapt to less clear-cut roles as a result. While departments outside of IT are experiencing benefits from migrating to the cloud, such as access to key business functions from just about anywhere, these increasingly popular hybrid infrastructures are changing the requirements of IT, creating a skills gap. This evolution impacts the career paths of existing personnel and requires further training or additional hiring to navigate both Cloud and on-premise deployments. And as infrastructures continue to get more complex, both control and visibility into performance are becoming the department's biggest challenges.
The Cloud Doesn't Have to Cast a ShadowThese are interesting times, and it will serve businesses well to consider their migration to The Cloud (or Clouds) while not forgetting IT in the process. Hybrid architecture or multi-cloud solutions may be the way of the business world, but leaders should commit to finding efficiencies, like those that can be created by consolidating solutions. A careful look from the outside in can bring unseen and supportive solutions to the surface for all departments involved. When it comes to cloud-based workforce management applications, we've got keen and watchful eyes, and we're always happy to help navigate the most beneficial path for your business.