New cloud-based approaches promise to transform workflow in ways that produce new levels of service, savings, and responsiveness. There are many strategic reasons for moving to the cloud. Organizations around the world have embraced the cloud as a way to fundamentally improve the performance of the business and dramatically improve customer experience.
Cloud-based systems and applications are popular across organizations in all industries today and are largely regarded as a powerful platform for process innovation and improved organizational performance. According to the IDG 2021 Cloud Computing Survey, the majority (55%) of organizations are now using more than one public cloud. Cloud adoption has also reached more than two-thirds in every industry. Clearly, cloud technology has now established its predominance. Yet despite rising adoption, not every business has made the jump to the cloud. IDC found that only about 9% of organizations are “cloud-only” and over half (54%) remain mostly on-premises with some cloud-based systems mixed in.
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Global research and advisory firm, Gartner, predicts that by 2024 more than 45% of IT spending will shift from legacy on-premises solutions to the cloud. Cloud infrastructure spending is expected to jump from $63 billion in 2020 to $81 billion by 2022. The cloud race was well underway in 2020 when COVID reared its unfortunate head and sent businesses still on the cloud adoption starting blocks into a frenzy. Those who had already adopted and implemented a cloud-first strategy sat smugly in the stands. The perks of a cloud-first approach for data management have been well documented: unified, content-services platforms accessed anytime, anywhere by empowered employees leading to improved productivity and reduced operational costs.
The notion of Artificial Intelligence has pervaded both the info and tech worlds. Indeed, it's difficult to have a discussion or a webinar without the topics of AI and Robotic Process Automation coming up. And while it might be tempting to dismiss the implications as something from a Hollywood movie of a future world populated by smart robots with super-human characteristics, the truth is that these technologies are already at work today, fueling important changes in the way we do business.
The workplace in 2021 will demand a different set of skills. Now more than ever, organizations need to embrace disruption as a springboard for competitive advantage and adopt new ways of working that invigorate organizational performance. The needed capabilities include the ability to leverage remote work as an advantage, increase information agility, and drive business growth despite these challenging times.
Cloud Content Management has the power to change the game for businesses of all sizes and types. This powerful technology and its massively scalable storage and operational power can crunch large sets of data, use analytics to understand it, and provide the security needed to lock it all down.