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Cloud Migration: A Strategic Imperative For Modern Workplaces

Ensuring that small and medium businesses (SMBs) benefit from cloud technology is imperative for many different reasons. But sometimes company founders don’t know enough to be able to put the right IT infrastructure in place. After all, they’re too busy doing the work they specialise in.

The problem is, they often rely too heavily on their on-premise servers and outdated industry software to do their day-to-day jobs. So when push comes to shove, and they truly need to change the way they do things – to keep pace with employee needs and industry demands – many SMBs find themselves at a serious disadvantage.

Here are a few key modern workplace challenges SMBs need to address: 

Remote Work 

With so many younger employees looking to perfect their work-life balance, working from home is on the rise. There’s also an increasing trend towards BYOD (bring your own device) as users prefer the familiarity of their own laptops and mobile devices to company desktops. 

While there are obvious flexibility and productivity benefits to allowing employees to work in this way, one of the biggest problems is that users can put company data and devices at risk – as there’s no firewall protection outside of the office when an on-prem server’s in place.

Communication & Collaboration

The ability to communicate, chat, and collaborate in real-time, across numerous devices is imperative. Many employees may prefer to use their personal Skype accounts, or communication platforms like Google Hangouts, to communicate with clients and colleagues 

While this isn’t problematic per se, the fact that clients may deal with a variety of users across different accounts and platforms can appear inconsistent – and can often be confusing.

Security & Compliance

As consumers, lots of people already have access to individual cloud services: their own personal OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox accounts. If companies can’t offer employees the tools they need, they will find use these instead of company-owned services. This again puts data control is at risk. And If client data is shared in this way, businesses could find themselves in breach of GDPR.

Productivity

Productivity can take a dip when legacy software support reaches its end of life date. This is because outdated platforms, tools, and services can take much longer to sync than expected. 

There’s also a perception that software upgrades can be expensive or time-consuming. Or it may transpire certain apps might not be compatible with newer software. But leaving updates too late will almost certainly ensure that SMBs will struggle to keep pace – when the tools they rely on are suddenly unavailable.

What’s The Solution?

Microsoft offers numerous products to help SMBs overcome these challenges – from single sign on, to Microsoft Teams, Azure ATP, Threat Protection, and Cloud App Security.

However, to deliver and support these core SMB services on a global scale, we rely on our network of specialist partners who can work closely with SMBs to guide them through digital transformation. 

As we see it, cloud migration isn’t just a nice-to-have: it’s a strategic imperative. Helping companies of all shapes and sizes get to this point is a mission we’re committed to. But it’s as much about realisation as it is implementation. 

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