Whether optimising business operations, lowering costs, or securing your business, there is significant value to be found in the cloud.
As with the rest of the world, South African companies need to integrate multiple clouds, bringing them together with all other organisational elements in one secure environment.
But for CFOs and CIOs, lack of understanding and visibility concerning hosted cloud infrastructure means that they are unable to draw on data consumption level, access costs involved, gauge the risks and manage the transition with ease.
South African enterprises need to understand the complete journey to the cloud architecture, and how to overcome common concerns such as the seeming lack of total control, and the increased complexity of hybrid cloud environments.
The fear of lack of control over the cloud environment is what keeps many local companies away from the innovation and possibilities opened by cloud infrastructure, although many are already operating in a hybrid culture.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing infrastructure and platform aimed at the building, deploying and managing of applications and services. You may hear us talk about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).
A recent survey found that 60% of businesses surveyed worldwide, including from South Africa, indicate concerns about cloud infrastructure compliance and security, while 48% fear the complexity of managing multiple IT environments.
Furthermore, data silos – large amounts of unstructured data – create additional complexity, requiring enterprises to successfully manage the workload migration among the various public and private cloud environments.
While hybrid clouds are used to migrate data between these different clouds, at least 30% of organisations believe that there is little to no interoperability among these cloud environments, which poses extra challenges to the already existing network complexity.
Locally, more and more companies employ tools like Microsoft Office 365 and deem it necessary to move critical business operations and ERP functions to the cloud to take advantage of the network performance, mobility and efficiency compared with on-premise solutions.
The Cloud-enabled ERP processes further enable companies to deploy fast operations and respond quickly to market demands and changes.
Overall, there is little to deter local businesses from investing in cloud architecture to radically transform their operations – the fear of control and the unknown is probably the greatest factor to overcome.