“Do what you do best and outsource the rest”. In an era of advanced, secure cloud services, this statement has become a worldview, especially since 2016. All kinds of organizations from various fields, large and small, private and public, are giving serious thought to a transition to cloud computing, assessing and comparing the various cloud services and analyzing cost effectiveness. This is a true revolution, as even the most conservative organizations understand that in such a competitive age, in which an organization’s growth engines are in the application layer, cloud computing is no longer a luxury – it’s a necessity.
In the age of cloud computing, company IT directors, who until recently functioned merely as computer systems managers, have become key players in their organizations’ growth. The ability to implement decisions quickly, provide new services at the click of a button, produce new and complex reports in real time and stay at the cutting edge of innovation is made possible by the tremendous technological developments in cloud services in recent years.
The issue of data security in the cloud, which deterred many organizations from moving to cloud computing in the past, is no longer a factor. In an age in which cyber defense rules the IT world, the cloud prevails. The development of data security has boosted the cloud’s popularity and made it an essential service for any organization that wants to thrive and grow.
Cloud services in the fast-paced digital world have even entered the conservative world of banking. Every single bank in Israel is preparing for the transition to the cloud, in parallel with the necessary regulatory adjustments. At a time when technology is constantly reinventing itself, developing and changing, organizations understand that they have to focus on their core activities and outsource the rest, including their IT management.
The IT world of the 21st century has become a world of apps and Chief Information Officers are organizations’ architects and navigators. The ability of an organization to react to changes in the market is dependent on IT’s ability to implement new top-quality systems as fast as possible. An organization that insists on creating a specific IT environment has to call for bids, hire consultants, create a committee and have endless discussions, define, install, run, secure, etc. This whole process can take many months. With cloud computing, you can receive it all as a service, at any given moment, quickly and with significant savings.
IT staff in advanced organizations have also led a revolution. Once technical managers serving the organization, they have now become growth generators. From spending their time managing employees, maintaining systems and troubleshooting, they have evolved into central strategic players in organizations, when all that is left in their hands is the core growth-generating activities. New, efficient email services have gone to the cloud. Advanced data security systems are on the cloud. Filtering spam is outsourced. Organizations no longer have to deal with SLA problems. Today’s IT managers focus on growth and innovation, and nothing else.
In a global, technological world, with advanced, reliable data security systems, organizations don’t want to keep computer systems within the company. Quality of work and the ability to react quickly are the most important factors, not the distance from the data center. An organization needs to consume IT infrastructure in the same way it consumes water, electricity and gas. You don’t set up a power plant to create your own electricity, or a water pumping station, or a glass-blowing department for fixing broken windows. There’s no reason to set up or maintain your own expensive data center that sits unused most of the time, like a car that is parked 22 hours a day.