Though it has been evolving for nearly 20 years, many larger organizations – including enterprises, government institutions, etc.— are still skittish of the cloud, even when most of them are already paying for cloud services. Despite the steps many cloud service providers have taken to improve their security and enterprise functionality, there is still much room for improvement when it comes to utilization of these services within enterprises. Many live squarely in the Laggard territory.
To get to the bottom of this, let’s take a look at some of the biggest concerns that larger enterprises have when it comes to the cloud.
Maximizing the ROI of Existing Systems
Businesses should always look to their bottom lines. Changes in a large organization will always be accompanied by the need for financial analysis and ROI calculation to understand when the investment is turned into a positive (financially or regarding efficiency). Due to the size of the organization every change and new implementation can turn into a financial nightmare when not managed properly. Given all of the strategic and financial analysis that went into the implementation of an existing system, abandoning that investment for a new system can be a tough pill to swallow for many organizations.
Disruption of the Workforce
We all know that with change comes disruption, on some level, depending on how your organization approaches change management. Given the size and employee profile of a larger organization, the potential for disruption is magnified. Size is, of course, a no-brainer. The employee profile gets a little more complicated. More often than not, many employees working for long-running, established organizations and government institutions are less agile than those in startup environments. They are used to well-defined structures and business processes and typically need extra time to adapt to change. Change management needs to be programmatic and thoughtful, which makes these types of organizations typically slower to move towards newer technologies.
Security and Control
Historically, much of the skepticism regarding the cloud has been surrounding security and control – it’s a tough decision to make, giving their content to someone else to manage. But this fear of cloud services having inadequate security is due to a lack of understanding of the steps these services have taken in recent years towards enterprise features and functions. These days, most major cloud services are secure enough for an enterprise deployment, especially when used in tandem with an organization’s exiting, in-house security measures.
When we dissect all these factors for lower cloud adoption among larger organizations, we can see that they are all connected to one main issue: enterprises are particularly risk-averse. This doesn’t mean they don’t see the value of cloud services; they just approach it much differently and more slowly than we typically see in earlier adopters like startups and IT consultants.
At SkySync, we understand these concerns and believe that modernization and control can and should go hand-in-hand – hence why our Enterprise Content Integration platform delivers both. SkySync’s Platform enables you to maximize the ROI of your existing platforms and maintain security and control while implementing new collaboration tools – all with zero disruption to the workforce.
Let’s illustrate this with an example: Your organization is currently using OpenText or Documentum, and you want to provide your end-users with a mobile experience without a full cloud storage migration. Most legacy ECMs were not built for a mobile experience, and their integration with clouds services is lackluster at best. With Enterprise Content Integration, you could selectively synchronize the content that you want to enable mobile access to access to via Box or Office 365, without abandoning your System of Record – creating a customizable, seamless extension of your legacy ECM.
With Enterprise Content Integration, larger organizations can now take advantage of cloud services without giving up an ounce of security or control.
Jethro Seghers is the Program Director at SkySync. He is responsible for Technical Evangelism, Product and Brand Recognition. He has over 15 years of experience in consulting, development, marketing, and product management. Jethro was an Office 365 MVP for five years. He is an internationally recognized author and speaker for Azure, Office 365 and Cloud Services.