So, you have decided it is time to upgrade your communication infrastructure. Great. For anyone in this position, you are faced with essentially two choices: either implementing a location based, software solution, or, alternately, migrating all of your programs and data into the cloud. The software proposal may certainly seem appealing- it offers a seemingly natural progression from your current system, and is generally grounded within the physical technological infrastructure located right in your office.
From our experience within the field, the communication experts at Algo Communication Products have encountered many of our clients faced with such a crossroads, and have always been quick to enforce choosing the second option- cloud migration. On paper this may seem like a risky choice to some, as managers and even some IT staff fear that moving to the cloud will inherently affect the operations of their business.
What they should be really concerned about is not the cloud, but space. Physical space. You see, while both cloud and software proposals are fairly consistent in terms of the benefits that either offers, the latter brings along with it a myriad of pitfalls associated with storage and maintenance. By embarking on the software based route, companies will find themselves stuck with a cornucopia of hardware that is, in the age of the cloud, practically unnecessary. Physical components such as data centers and cooling units require storage, while network access and frequent maintenance contracts are almost certainly indispensable. If you operate a business with multiple locations, you may find yourself stuck in a rut when it comes to moving around, and, in addition, you will find yourself always preparing for the ‘high water mark’ of demand. This means that, even if business is slow, you have the same infrastructure and resource drains as if things were going exceedingly well. Either that, or your IT team is going to be working major overtime to make the switchover happen.
With cloud-based solutions, you are able to turn devices on and off when you need them, a seemingly simple concept that will provide your enterprise with unparalleled levels of flexibility. This avoids the problems of always aiming for this ‘high water mark’ and also allows you to conserve resources and power with ease. The ability to manage your systems with the touch of a button is something that will inevitably save your business money and is also more environmentally conscious than the alternatives. You will also benefit from the elasticity of your programs between different devices, as employees will be able to easily become integrated with the new system regardless of whether they are using a desktop computer or a mobile phone.
With such obvious benefits, many entrepreneurs wonder why people make the decision to not pursue cloud upgrades. Truth be told, upon being offered either software or cloud based proposals, a number of our clients were wary about making the transition into the intangible realm of cloud technology simply due to the fact that they felt that it was too jarring of a change for their company to handle. This is where Algo steps in: we work with our clients on an individual basis and establish a changeover plan that works best for them. Rather than approaching the movement into the cloud as a jarring jump, we prefer to ensure that all bases are covered prior to incrementally segueing into the new proposal.
In terms of products and services that ensure that the transition is a smooth one, we always recommend using Avaya Cloud IP Office. This system provides a number of subscription options and is designed for companies that have yet to put cloud-centric upgrades into place. It can be easily accessed across a multitude of devices and is more user friendly than anything else on the market.
If you feel that now is the time to have your business take the necessary steps forward in order to become integrated with state-of-the-art cloud technology, then do not hesitate to reach out, our communication experts are ready to tailor a transition plan that works for you, so there is no need to be afraid.