Business Benefits

Benefits of attending this event

Although cloud infrastructure is constantly growing in complexity, staying ahead of the competition doesn’t have to be too hard and onerous a task. ITWeb's Cloud Summit 2019 will bring the best and brightest minds in the industry to give your organisation the insights it needs.

  • Cloud technology best practices
  • The latest trends and developments in cloud technologies
  • The benefits of cloud for your organisation
  • What to consider before embarking on a cloud journey
  • What is happening with cloud adoption in SA
  • How increasingly stringent regulation is affecting cloud services
  • What kind of clouds – public, private, hybrid – work best for your business
  • The role of cloud computing in AI, UX and IOT
  • How the security landscape is affecting cloud computing

Why is it worth moving to the cloud?

There is no doubt that businesses can reap huge benefits from cloud computing:

1. Capital cost savings

Cloud services are free from capital expenditure. There are no massive, upfront costs of hardware with the cloud. Companies can pay as they go, and according to their subscription plan.

2. Scalability, flexibility

Moreover, cloud computing is scalable. Traditional servers require frequent, costly upgrades. And if your business doesn’t do as well as you hoped, or expand as quickly, that’s money wasted. Cloud providers allow the business to scale up and down seamlessly, and buy more capacity when they need to and less when they don’t.

3. 24/7 availability

The majority of the cloud providers offer highly reliable services, and maintain on average an uptime of 99.9%. Employees can access the applications needed from practically anywhere.

4. Business continuity, security

In the event a device is lost or stolen, the data is stored in the cloud, and can be accessed from anywhere. It can also be wiped remotely, to ensure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Moreover, in a cloud environment, security is a shared responsibility, and the provider builds in resiliency and protection at the infrastructure level to lower the risk of a breach.

5. Access to automatic updates

It’s the cloud service provider’s job to upgrade the system with any new updates of patches, and this happens automatically. Businesses don’t need to spend money on fancy, time-consuming hardware upgrades; they get exactly what they need, when they need it.

6. Increased collaboration

Cloud computing was designed with collaboration and file-sharing in mind. It lets the team edit files in real-time and access them from anywhere across the globe. No matter where the team members are, or how widely dispersed, they can work together.

7. Work from anywhere

With the cloud, data and applications are available to employees regardless of where they are in the world. Staff can take their work anywhere, around a factory to check production, in a shop to interact with customers, or at their homes.

8. Competitiveness

Companies of all types and sizes have the ability to move far more nimbly than competitors who have to devote IT resources to managing infrastructure.

9. Do more with less

With cloud computing, organisations can reduce the size of their data centres, or even eliminate them altogether. The reduction of the numbers of servers, the software cost, and the number of employees can significantly lower IT costs without impacting the business’s IT capabilities.

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