Cloud, clear sky for the future

We are in a world where transformation is permanent. The instability of the health context is only one of the factors contributing to this ongoing transformation. Companies have faced and will face new problems and innovations or even profound societal upheavals. In this context, flexibility and anticipation are essential to building a strong company that can withstand competition.

Above all digital transformation, this transformation is far from just a technological revolution. Many companies that still fear the bitter experience of the following consecutive lock-ups. The change is really profound, it is driving the company to reconsider its entire organization and all of its business.

The cloud is at the heart of this new paradigm. It separates the company from the transformation into a more horizontal organization that will gain in operational, financial and organizational efficiency. The challenge of moving to the cloud is urgent for companies that have not yet taken the lead.

Exceed your own limits

The company is open, and the fact that they have their own servers (local model) is not necessarily a guarantee of security. In the age of globalization and hybrid work, the activity of employees and stakeholders makes information systems vulnerable.

The cloud fits perfectly with this new reality. Openness is the best mode for adapting to a more complex and changing environment. In 2022, security should not be the main obstacle to moving to the cloud. It is therefore necessary to put an end to false beliefs and to demonstrate teaching methods to reassure companies. The pool and investment dedicated to research and development in cybersecurity by the major players in the cloud is enormous. Not even a medium-sized company can reach this level.

Despite the recent resurgence of cyber attacks, public cloud providers have been able to offer solutions to secure infrastructure and reduce intrusions through resource isolation, encryption, or data replication.

However, safety is above all a human story. It is not enough to secure the technology, it is necessary to change the uses. More than 85% of cybersecurity breaches are human faults (Verizon). This data directly points to the Zero Trust security model that is becoming more and more popular in facing the limits of the perimeter security model in the context of digital transformation. The idea is to implement new security processes and technologies that will be applied directly to the company’s resources, regardless of their location and the identity of the access requester. ESNs, digital services companies (formerly SSII) and software publishers play a key role in this new paradigm by providing highly qualified and constantly trained teams as well as reliable software that is regularly updated.

In addition to its innovative nature, the cloud is constantly pushing the company to re-evaluate its organization to enhance its security.

As we know, ‘cloud’ means ‘cloud’. A cloud is precisely an object with smooth edges. It’s even the perfect example of an object with blurred edges. Another way to say it is that the cloud has no boundaries. Moving to the cloud or going into the cloud is a way to get rid of the idea of ​​limitation. Thus, moving to the cloud literally allows you to resolve the border to conquer the international market from your home country. It also calls on managers to transcend their inner limits and boundaries (both mental and methodological), by questioning their company’s performance to lean toward a model that is more adaptive to the future.

Rethink the organization

In fact, the cloud has redefined many professions with the organization changing to make it more flexible. Purely technical attention is delegated to a third party with its expertise, and in this way employees can focus on their work.

On the other hand, thanks to the availability and accessibility of data in the cloud, all services can exchange information in real time. It is the end of silos in favor of better collaborative and operational efficiency. This time saving translates into a clear reduction in costs in the long run.

The role of the CIO is also no longer the same as yesterday. Today, purely operational topics, such as updates, are taken up by the cloud operator and also by the software publishers themselves. Therefore, the Chief Information Officer has refocused on the strategic aspects of the organization, and all the areas in which it achieves real added value.

If during the crisis it faced an overload of servers around the world linked in particular with the proliferation of applications used by employees to work remotely, it must now build a stable model that takes into account new uses to look into the future calmly.

Towards a more flexible company

Today’s businesses consume on-demand services. The service a business expert needs must always be up-to-date and compliant with applicable legislation, regardless of the country in which they are located. If this service no longer meets expectations or does not fit the new needs of the team, it can be stopped with a simple click.

With the cloud, applications become ATAWAD That is, they can be used anytime (anytime), anywhere (anywhere) and on any medium (any device). Thus the company can permanently connect to its information system. It is enough to connect to the Internet to access it securely and manage the emergency situation or respond to the needs of the customer as quickly as possible.

In a time of hybrid working and new uses, agility is a key competitive advantage for companies, both in terms of attracting top talent and acquiring and retaining customers.

The ATAWAD process provides a work environment whether at home, in the office, in a co-working space, or traveling abroad… Thanks to the cloud, companies that have embraced this hybridization have been able to ensure continuity of service overnight from the first booking.

We haven’t seen such growth since the first industrial revolution. Corporate digital transformation has the same effects. This is the case for SaaS software publishers, whose growth will exceed 40% between 2020 and 2022 according to Gartner forecasts.

However, the cloud is not just a technological revolution. To succeed in moving to the cloud, a company must take into account all the human aspects and their impact on their organization. Cloud computing is a real lever of business differentiation for some, a promise of simplification, agility and overall cost reduction for others, seen as a guarantee of security and standardization, and is the right response to helping businesses give a future in business.

by Christopher LinsolasWestern European Customer Care Manager, Product Group

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