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Three Unexpected Benefits of Cloud Migration

Your cloud migration strategy is critical to the future of your organization. Moving to the cloud is the way forward for most businesses, regardless of the size of their staff or what industry they provide services in. Moving your company’s ERP functionality to a dedicated cloud environment has all sorts of obvious benefits, like cost savings, always-on functionality, and the ability to scale up and down easily without having to buy new hardware for what may be a very brief increase in need for processing power or bandwidth.

The Additional Benefits of the Cloud

Those are all great reasons to start considering a partial or complete move to a powerful cloud environment like Amazon Web Service (AWS), but once you’ve made the move, your organization is likely to find some lesser known but still impactful and very welcome benefits to the transition and life on the cloud. In this blog, we’ll check out some of the benefits of AWS cloud migration for your ERP that you might not be aware of until you have already made the transition.

Shrinking the Carbon Footprint

Most offices weren’t built to mitigate the heat coming off their computers, and the more power you add, the worse it gets. Accenture said in 2020 that migration to the cloud can lower the amount of carbon produced worldwide by about 60 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, the equivalent of removing 22 million cars from the road.  And according to a 451 Research report, moving on-premises workloads to AWS can lower the workload carbon footprint by 88% for the median surveyed US enterprise. The simple fact is that AWS is far more prepared and able to mitigate the effects of carbon dioxide than the typical enterprise. This provides a positive impact to both your company and your community.

More Efficient IT Services

When we aren’t directly involved in the IT side of things, we sometimes forget what a slog it is to oversee everyone’s problems when it comes to technology in the workplace. But what if you took away the burden of maintaining of all systems’ processing power? Now they’re empowered to focus on actual issues like troubleshooting apps that aren’t synchronizing correctly, finding ways to improve efficiency, roadmapping technology strategy, and avoiding bottlenecks. Cloud computing lets you focus on projects that improve and differentiate your business, improve customer experiences, and improve employee satisfaction rather than labor over the racking, stacking, powering, and maintaining of servers.

Expanding Your Talent Pool

If your organization operates in a town of 20,000 in the Midwest, your talent pool is going to by and large come from that same town of 20,000. But when you put your ERP in the cloud, you suddenly open the door to an infinite number of possibilities about who makes sense as a hire for your operation. Maybe you can hire someone who lives 100 miles away to work remotely 80% of the time and come to the office every other Friday to check in. Maybe you can hire someone who doesn’t need to be present except via Zoom and thus can technically live anywhere in the world. The fact of the matter is that when you put your ERP in the cloud, you open up a world of possibilities concerning who can help you manage it.

Take Advantage of the Upside

When it comes to implementing your cloud migration strategy, you’ll need to present your business case to stakeholders and higher-ups; don’t overlook the advantages described above. They have downstream impacts that can help close the deal.

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