Today, we’re increasingly looking at more ways to be efficient and there is a clear drive, particularly amongst millennials, for sharing resources rather than owning them. Businesses such as Uber and Airbnb have been hugely successful by identifying this trend and have established themselves as leaders in the “sharing economy”. This way of operating ensures that we have the right resources available to us at the right time, without the stress that comes with owning the asset. Take cars as an example; as a vehicle becomes older it inevitably requires more attention, repairs and maintenance to keep it on the road. Because of this, drivers are increasingly looking at leasing options, with the Personal Contract Hire market growing by 17% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019. This option enables consumers to easily swap their motor for a shiny new one, with the latest safety gadgets and technology on-board, whilst avoiding the burden of on-going maintenance.
So, if you start looking at a similar approach for your IT, it’s easy to understand why public cloud utilisation is expected to grow 17% this year. Cloud provides more flexibility for organisations to innovate whilst enabling them to offload everyday hardware related maintenance tasks. Like in the car leasing example, organisations can adopt new technologies and innovations quickly without the deployment, configuration and ongoing management typically associated with an on-premises model.
In addition to accelerating time to value, moving to a cloud-based solution means that your highly skilled IT teams can focus on delivering genuine business outcomes, without being distracted by those routine tasks such as patching and performance monitoring. Research indicates that 91% of organisations struggle to find workers with the right skills, so harnessing these skills in the right way will not only help boost morale but also help your organisation stay innovative. Moreover, this approach ensures a better security posture, as patching servers, operating systems and applications is now taken care of for you, removing any vulnerabilities that could lead to something similar to the NHS Wannacry case back in 2017.
The security and stability of public sector IT systems are significant as they serve vital services and resources to customers and citizens each day. Many websites and databases run on legacy infrastructure in an organisation’s data centre (DC) increasing the risk of hardware failures. These mission critical services need to be managed, stored and protected appropriately. Migrating to a cloud platform ensures that these services benefit from smooth running on modern server infrastructure, along with cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) to protect workloads from interruption, all without the stress of you having to maintain the DC.
You’ve protected your services and you now have more skills and resources available because you’ve removed those basic IT tasks. You’ve got the stability and flexibility of a multi-cloud platform, which means you’ve got the foundations to successfully incubate innovation without overloading existing hardware infrastructure.
A DC lease up for renewal also opens up new possibilities for your organisation to exploit the latest technology trends to enable you to do more with your data. According to UKCloud’s State of Cloud Adoption survey, more than 80% agree that cloud can enable you to adopt transformative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. These technologies can help you to better understand your customer’s requirements and provide the right information at the right time, helping you to shine.