The way we do business has changed over and over in the last 30 years—from the takeover of personal computers to the birth and growth of the internet to Google, and now AI-powered assistants. Once again, our perceptions of business are changing drastically with cloud migration and cloud storage providers.

Businesses are now demanding instant gratification, flexibility on a large scale, unlimited accessibility, and heightened productivity—all while lowering costs and becoming more efficient. Amazingly, cloud computing can deliver all of that and more. Below are five benefits of migrating to the cloud and how it’s disrupting the way we’ve always done business.

1. Productivity

In the past, increasing productivity meant hiring new employees, expanding factory locations, or giving current employees more work and hoping they could cope. Today, one of the biggest benefits of migrating to the cloud is increased productivity. Companies enjoy increased accessibility, flexibility, and collaboration alongside lower costs and more streamlined processes.

2. Accessibility

With wifi and high-speed wireless networks becoming increasingly common all over the world, accessing work, projects, and, well…everything is getting easier every day. Through cloud migration, employees can all look at the same documents—in real time, from all over the world—and get work done whether they are at an office desk in Cleveland or in a hotel in Dubai.

“Cloud is about how you do computing, not where you do computing.” -Paul Maritz, CEP of VMware

3. Flexibility

In the past, flexibility was something that belonged to small businesses and startups. The larger a company became, the less flexible it got and the longer it took to make even small changes and updates.

Using cloud computing, a company can change direction without having major personnel or financial impacts. Cloud storage and computing providers also take care of most issues and they can do it faster than their customer’s IT department could. In fact, a survey found that businesses that used the cloud were able to resolve issues in an average of 2.1 hours, nearly four times faster than businesses that didn’t use the cloud (8 hours). That’s almost a full day of productivity saved.

“57% of companies identify scalability as the most important driver for cloud adoptions.” -Joe McKendrick, Forbes

4. Collaboration

Another benefit of migrating to the cloud is collaboration. Using cloud computing, multiple employees, teams, or even departments can access, edit, and share folders and files from anywhere. This saves time uploading, downloading, and emailing documents and ideas. Having one central copy that all everyone works off of together makes collaboration stronger and easier, especially for branches or employees in different locations.

Companies that invested in collaboration technology had a 400% return on investment. –Frost & Sullivan

5. Green

In the past, green was a color; today it refers to a product being energy efficient. Utilizing the cloud results in at least 30% lower energy consumption and carbon emissions than using on-site servers. This is something that will save companies money in the long run and is a movement every stakeholder can get on board with.

By 2020, large U.S. companies that use cloud computing can achieve annual energy savings of $12.3 billion and annual carbon reductions equal to 200 million barrels of oil. –Carbon Disclosure Project


 

Cloud migration is going to increase many times over in the next few years, making our business dealings faster, easier, cheaper, and healthier. Disruptions like this, that launch us forward rather than set us back, should come more frequently.