Regardless of your industry, security should be a top concern. That’s what makes moving to the cloud so attractive for IT pros. The increased mobility, flexibility, and ability to go serverless all have their place, but the default security upgrade you receive by moving to the cloud is undeniably one of the greatest benefits. Microsoft and Adepteq can help you find the solution that’s right for your organisation. Contact us today to find out more.
The following article was written by Gabriel Tupula – Forbes Council Member.
While businesses vary vastly, what I have learned through consulting for business operations is that the core challenges of all companies are similar: difficulties with growth, cross-departmental transparency, reducing manual or repetitive tasks, figuring out where to spend time and resources intelligently, understanding data in real time to make decisions that are founded on facts and logic and knowing that is coming next.
Whether you’re in a small, medium or large business, the burdens of everyday life are often similar to the irritants of the information system you use. Meaning if your information system provides poor reporting, then you likely lack the information required to make decisions.
Today, companies have limited options to run their small or medium business: physical servers, company-purchased cloud servers, software-as-a-service cloud solutions that include built-in servers or any combination of these options. Many business owners start conversations with our consultants with a firm belief that a dedicated company (cloud or physical) server is the best option for them to ensure the security of their company data. As we explain further, however, they uncover the truth: Cloud-based solutions with a shared server provide more security than most companies would want to or be able to invest in.
I’ll be perfectly blunt: Imagine you are travelling to a foreign country. Would you be safe staying in a tent on the side of the road or in a hotel with a doorman? I am going to assume that while you may enjoy an adventure, you agree the safer bet would be the hotel with someone actively keeping you safe. Should the unlikely need arise, not to mention the other benefits of a hotel: a concierge service and daily cleaning services, which we can compare to the expert consultants and automatic backups. At a hotel, you share the costs of infrastructure and security with the other guests, much like you would on a shared server. It’s the perfect example of “strength in numbers”.
The reality is that while people think they can have more control over their own storage when it is dedicated, you are actually in a tent alone without support or backup, and exposed to the elements. A third-party cloud system offers the security and safety of having a backup plan, specialists to deal with and prevent problems, strong surveillance and firewalls for legacy systems (their reputation is based on delivering their products), controlled access that is harder to access than physical servers, scheduled updates and upgrades, and auditing. All this is included in your annual or monthly fees, with no investment or work from your company required. Examples of mid-market and enterprise solutions include Big Bang ERP, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Salesforce CRM, as well as other solutions such as Office 365, GSuite and Quickbooks.
I remember specifically sitting with a potential customer, and they were defending the need for a dedicated physical server on premise. I asked him to show it to me, and we walked over to the supply closet. Like you would expect, I saw their brooms, cleaning supplies and mop. This had been placed next to a bucket instead of inside of it, so there was water on the floor. Over to the right, next to the water, was the server humming away. I asked them, “Who takes home your backups? How often do you have to update the server? When was the last time you cleaned the server?” After a conversation of 10 minutes that started with “How is your broom closet more secure than an IT bank-level security?” my potential customer turned into a customer who was excited to migrate to a cloud solution.
With over 90% of U.S. companies using some cloud infrastructure, the real question is: What are you waiting for, the tent to get a leak?