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Not in the Cloud? 6 Benefits of Cloud Solutions & Reasons to Migrate

Posted by Ian Uriarte

August 22, 2018

What are your biggest operation challenges?

Improve operational efficiency?

Reduce downtime?

Make the most use of big data, across your entire enterprise?

Optimize operations while racing against market and industry factors that are often beyond your control?

What gets in the way of these goals?

  • Budget restrictions
  • The extent of internal knowledge and experience
  • Time frame needs

Is it possible to achieve these operational objectives while working within the limitations of budget, knowledge, and time? Yes. How? You’ll often hear us talking about how automation and both access and use of actionable data make these goals possible.

This is true, especially if you’re in an industry affected by downsizing. Regardless of your industry, you’ll have to make the best use of resources in order for automation and actionable data to give you the most ROI.

 

This is where we’ll talk about the benefits of Cloud Solutions

That’s why it makes sense to operate in a cloud environment. While there are many benefits to cloud solutions, we’ve narrowed the field to six that we feel are key:

Construction cranes at sunset

 

1 – Cloud Enables Real-Time Data Visibility

Cloud solutions are absolutely necessary for operations that span broad geographic areas, even the globe. It’s the best way to have a clear idea of what is going on in each of your warehouses, factories, or field operations. It enables you to integrate data from instrumentation in the field, internal (back office) operations, and external sources. Operating in the cloud can give you valuable, real-time visibility into all of your systems.

For land and right-of-way issues, managing your fleet, and monitoring rigging location and activity… Cloud connectivity keeps critical information at your fingertips. The benefits of real-time visibility versus delayed or offline data:

  • Sense and respond to events
  • Reduce downtime
  • Prevent costly errors

Factory air ducts

 

2 – Achieve Greater Connectivity in Cloud Environments

Cloud computing solutions can collect and transmit data from even the most remote locations, safely and effectively. These days, many company’s operations are spread across the globe, sometimes on land and at sea. It takes a robust IT infrastructure to keep everything appropriately connected. The cloud lets you offer a secure IT environment for your organization’s applications, no matter where you operate. Let’s face it, the cloud option will probably be more affordable in the long run, as well.

Warehouse floor

 

3 – Cloud Solutions Offer Predictive Capabilities

Predicting failures and underperformance are one of the most valuable benefits of cloud solutions. Simply put, cloud solutions let you analyze your data better. This allows you to monitor performance indicators and identify trends that can help you predict events before they occur. Naturally, this gives you better decision-making capabilities. This reduces the negative impact of failures on your operations, enterprise, and on the environment. Furthermore, it facilitates safer working conditions for your team.

Oil drilling at sunset

 

4 – Scalability with the Cloud

The cloud rises head and shoulders above other resources as a scalable solution to the “do more with less” objective. The cloud provides you with on-demand resources which help you better manage the peaks and valleys of activity. Provisioning from the cloud on-demand enables you far greater flexibility and agility in managing the end-to-end lifecycle of the assets in your enterprise. Who doesn’t want to eliminate the need to constantly upgrade servers and hardware to meet expanding and changing demand?

Shipping containers on ship

 

5 – Benefits of Cloud Solutions: Cost Savings

The cloud is one of your best decisions for saving you money. The cloud is a service-oriented resource. This means the cloud allows you to pay only for what you need, when you need it. You don’t have to pay for resources you aren’t going to use this way. On the flip side, if you need more resources, you can easily escalate, and pay accordingly. The cloud also allows you access to potentially greater computing and storage resources that are more affordable than on-site servers.

Industrial plant from a distance

 

6 – The Cloud Makes your Solution Upgradable

Few expenses are more frustrating than the constant upgrades needed to stay at the forefront of technology. What are the implications of constant, complicated upgrades?

  • There is considerable time and expense involved in what are, ultimately, mundane tasks for your IT team
  • Maintaining on-site software can take your highly paid team away from the more valuable activity of strategic planning.

With the cloud, your team can  roll out security and feature updates much more easily. They can also deploy new applications much faster with cloud computing. Often it’s as simple as choosing from an online catalog.

 

The benefits of cloud solutions let you do more with less

Technology and automation are keys to getting more out of fewer resources. Even now, migrating to the cloud is one of the best ways to gain an edge over competition.

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