3 advantages (and disadvantages) to implementing the cloud in the workplace

Over the past few years, the public approval for cloud services has gone through the roof. However, there are some who still harbor skepticism. There are great reasons why a company would want to adopt the cloud to their offices, but others recognize that it is not the essential element of a modern workforce and there are still a lot of hardships in its navigation. Here are some factors from InfoWorld that can help you make the right decision for your unique office technology needs.


Enhanced security. Data is better managed in the cloud in terms of cost-effectiveness as well as security compared to a non-shared servers. Most hacks do not involve cloud programs.

You won't be committed to any cloud provider. Several companies who utilize cloud will use a "lift and shift" mechanic that will not force you to attach everything to one platform. However, your IT department can modify applications to reduce portability.

They perform than on-site programs. A common misconception is that because of all the information sharing going on over the internet, things will get bogged down. However, that is only true for typically heavy-communicative applications, which are slow regardless of their host.


Choosing the wrong platform for your office. Amazon is in the lead for now, but Microsoft and especially Google might be better for your circumstances. If a lot of your company is focused within information processing, SoftLayer by IBM could be right for you.

Assumptions about security risks. Many are overestimating the need for security which costs more, others aren't valuing security enough. A solid understanding the personal information compliance requirements will help you avoid this.

Assuming that your staff will operate adequately with cloud. Some employees will adapt well and become proficient, others will not get it but may benefit from training.

It's all about understanding what you do, where your company plans to go and what needs alterations to achieve those aspirations efficiently.