Offices headed to the cloud, Gartner predicts
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Offices headed to the cloud, Gartner predicts

Despite all the buzz surrounding cloud computing, there are still many companies that have not yet included these technologies as part of their IT planning strategies. While worries about factors such as compliance may be causing hesitation for some businesses, it is increasingly clear that the benefits to using the cloud are too substantial to ignore. Firms must consider the competitive advantages that can be gained by modernizing operations to more agile, cost-effective systems.

Wider adoption fast approaching
According to a recent study by Gartner, the cloud office isn't a reality yet, but the time for it to become the standard is not too far off. The research firm asserted that while approximately 8 percent of the overall office market was using cloud systems at the beginning of 2013, this percentage is likely to reach 60 percent by 2022. Gartner forecast that growth is likely to kick into high gear during the first half of 2015.

"Although it is still early in the overall evolution of this cloud-based segment, there are many cases where businesses – particularly smaller ones and those in the retail, hospitality and manufacturing industries – should move at least some users to cloud office systems during the next two years," said Tom Austin, vice president and Gartner fellow.

Achieving savings
The benefits of moving to the cloud are varied for businesses, but one of the most universally desired is cost savings. Because cloud providers offer pay-per-use models, organizations are able to better meet their budgetary requirements. The cloud may also save companies significant amounts of money through reducing their energy usage. 

This aspect of the cloud is positive in more than just one way, especially for organizations that prioritize eco-friendliness. Research by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently discovered that cloud-based offices may also have significant environmental benefits over more traditional ones, Forbes reported. Researchers found that moving software programs such as spreadsheets, customer relationship management software, email and more to the cloud, can slash energy use by 23 billion kilowatt hours, which amounts to 87 percent. The source noted that this is enough energy to power Los Angles for about one year.

Making the transition to the cloud has transformed from an option to an imperative. If businesses wish to reach their goals, they need IT systems in place that are highly efficient, and need those solutions to be strong enough to keep them competitive with their peers. With cloud technologies, all of this is possible, from achieving faster operations to reducing unnecessary spending to attracting more customers through a greener image. 

However, making the most of cloud deployments isn't always simple without the right assistance. With the help of the best and latest IT innovations alongside expert virtualization consulting services, organizations can be sure that they are doing the most they can to better serve clients and boost the bottom line.