How do you calculate the value of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a world that treats the idea of cloud-based technology as the baseline? If there's one lesson that businesses learned in the lockdown phase of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, it was the importance of a backup plan that does not require an in-person functionality.
ERP 2.0 – Life on the Cloud
So many organizations that had tried and tested ERP systems in place suddenly found themselves up the creek without a paddle, unable to go to their brick-and-mortar offices by order of the federal government, complicating access to their on-premises systems. Many companies quickly realized that when they were cut off from their offices, they were cut off from the heartbeat of their businesses. Thus, they quickly learned of the value of “in the cloud” platforms like AWS.
Spread the Cost Around
According to a study by Gartner, the entire world grasped the need for cloud computing in the time of reflection after the worst of COVID-19 had passed. This resulted in end-user spending on publicly available cloud services to rise by 18% to a total investment of $305 billion in 2021 alone. “Sounds good for AWS, but not for me,” you may be thinking. But in reality, the scale that AWS provides ensures that clients are the beneficiaries of that scale. Let inflation and production delays and shipping mishaps be AWS' problem – you can move away from on-premise hardware purchasing and maintenance and enjoy the cost savings from AWS' scaled operations.
Keeping Up with Transformation
Digital transformation is here and transforming at speeds that can astonish. So how do organizations properly evaluate cloud providers when it can seem like the offerings are constantly evolving? Transitions require training and some companies may feel ill-equipped to keep their staff up to the speed of change. That's where cloud managed services partners like ERPA come into the picture; we have the experience to provide the guidance, and manage any issues that arise.
Makes Sense, but Why Cloud Migration Now?
Companies, schools, universities, local governments, and any other organization that weathered COVID-19 without cloud resources should not take the plunge to invest in AWS applications because of a fear of future pandemics but rather for the freedom and flexibility that digital transformation offers. Virtual environments can be accessed by their employees from anywhere in the world. Workforce sea changes such as we are experiencing now, with altered expectations regarding remote and flex work from employees, are eased by the ability to tap into the right person for the job, not just the person geographically closest. Cost savings are critical to any organization, and cloud migration eradicates the costly acquisition and maintenance of on-premise hardware with the ability to scale resources up and down as needed.
What Does the Future Look Like?
As technology continues to evolve, more and more workloads will find their way the cloud. Digital transformation enables scalability, cost optimization, enhanced security posture, improved agility, a broader resource pool of candidates, and automations that enables re-allocation of resources from “keeping the lights on” to improving user and customer experiences. Cloud managed services providers such as ERPA guide their clients on the best cloud adoption strategy and execution – and then can handle the day-to-day responsibilities of management and optimization if desired.
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