Dictionary definitions of the term “value” incorporate terms like “fair return”, “monetary worth”, “relative worth”, “assigned numerical quantity” and “something desirable”. So, when we talk of “value” to business, we are trying to find semantic equivalents for our “objectives” in moving to the Cloud.

The first and immediate impact of moving to the Cloud is felt by the accounting practice. Suddenly, the enterprise is freed from preoccupations with capital investments in hardware or software.  The head of accounting for computing expenditure changes from Capex to Opex—or capital to revenue.  Though the business continues to talk about return on investment, they are no longer talking about return on investment in capital in the short or long run. They are talking about returns to be gained from business operations they perform in the short run—computing infrastructure usage, being just being one of the many expenses incurred during the course of the business operations.

IT architecture is drastically transformed. IT personnel no longer grapple with backups and maintenance tasks. They do struggle with updates and licenses. Application development tasks are abstracted or the focus is changed.  IT Administrators now monitor service level agreements (SLAs) and ensure that service is delivered as promised. Multiple architectural options are discussed and made available to the end users and customization options are exercised in accordance with the needs of the business. Data and service deliveries are not confined to a single building or from a single data center. Remote branches, mobile workers and local workers are interacting with a remote data center over the Internet. Backup and maintenance tasks are the responsibility of the vendor. The new architecture, demands a grasp of new paradigms in computing—Governance as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service or Software as a Service. Issues under discussion are standards, security, scalability, prototyping, Cloud testing, performance monitoring, etc.

A reduction in staffing requirements is the impact that is unique to Cloud transitions. Extensive expert support systems are put in place by Cloud vendors. End users with small budgets or human resource constraints can harness the power of the support systems to maintain a limited IT staff at their end.

Other business benefits that have been listed include increased agility and innovation, extension of market reach, integration of people, process and technology and reduction in IT related risks.

Securstore, powered by Asigra, adds value to your business by switching your CAPEX to OPEX, which will positively impact your bottom line; and by protecting your mission-critical data in state of the art data centres.