With cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud or Amazon Web Services, organisations can access developed systems in the cloud. There are numerous advantages to cloud services, and organisations that use them quickly gain an advantage relative to competitors that as yet do not. The eight most important advantages relate to:
1. Investment, time and costs
Organisations avoid having to invest in hardware, servers, networks, storage and software. Using cloud services takes away much of the responsibility for upgrading and maintaining systems as well, which saves organisations time and money.
2. A flexible ecosystem
Cloud solutions represent a treasure chest of opportunities, with many options available as part of a comprehensive ecosystem. At the same time, cloud solutions also give you the flexibility to develop your own new solutions more efficiently.
3. Modernised IT and greater security
Cloud services replace organisations’ old legacy systems (inherited systems and outdated technology). Organisations benefit from a step-by-step transition to future solutions that offer more efficient and reliable operations. Security is also taken care of thanks to the major companies that provide cloud services. Used correctly, there are few solutions more secure than the major cloud platforms.
4. Seasonal fluctuations
Cloud solutions are elastic and well-suited to organisations that experience large seasonal fluctuations, which is the case, for example, during Black Friday events at online shops.
5. Data analysis
Cloud services make it easy to benefit from advanced data analytics and machine learning, offering well-tested technology and virtually limitless scalability.
Cloud services also make it possible for services to be used by numerous users simultaneously and ensure that they are available for all. Examples of such services include those provided by the Norwegian Tax Administration, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration, Ruter and numerous online shops.
7. Adaptation and development
Cloud services also work well for organisations that want to link available programs together, to build on them further and to adapt them to their own activities.
8. Quick to market
Cloud services also enable organisations to avoid having to code everything from scratch. This makes it possible to deliver new products and services to the market more quickly.
The popularity of cloud platforms is increasing in line with the growth in data volumes and the ability to access high-quality services that no longer have to be operated in-house.