In 2010, the U.S. federal government announced the adoption of a “cloud-first policy,” meaning agencies would prioritize cloud-based applications and software over the alternatives. Even President Obama touted the benefits of the cloud, saying it would help connect people with a shared infrastructure and technology system. Of course, in the five years since, cloud computing has come a long way. And as the technology and public interest surrounding cloud computing has continued to evolve, more enterprises are adopting cloud-first policies of their own.
the Harvard Business Review recently released a new report on cloud computing, which found that 24% of private-sector cloud customers had a cloud-fist policy in place. Even among companies that lacked a specific cloud-first policy, an amazing 72% of respondents said that the cloud has made it easier for them to work with their colleagues, both in general and between departments. What’s more, despite years of cloud consulting companies extolling the cost-saving benefits of cloud migration services, a majority of cloud supporters in 2015 now say its primary benefit is increased speed.
Fortunately, cloud brokerage services can deliver both speed and cost savings at the same time. Indeed, they’re often the same thing. And although most experts agree that the cloud is the future of both IT departments and computing in general, some companies have still been slow to migrate to the cloud. And it’s a refrain cloud broker services are tired of hearing.
According to the HBR:
“Cloud still suffers from a perception problem when it comes to security, however. One IT leader said his CEO cited the Target breach as his reason not to move to the cloud—despite the fact that the Target breach was not of a cloud-based system. The reality is that cloud in and of itself is no more or less secure than other models.”
Cloud broker services have been saying the exact same thing for years. Still, if potential new clients need more convincing, then that’s the role cloud brokers must play in the years to come. Part broker, part cheerleader.
Time to break out the pom-poms.