December 06, 2022

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5 myths holding your organization back from the cloud

With the cloud, your knowledge workers have the information they need, and your IT resources have the time to focus on moving your business forward.

Jason Bright

Jason Bright

Product marketing specialist for the Hyland Cloud

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The days of basic data storage and retrieval are behind us. In fact, we’re not even in the Information Age anymore. We’re now in the Use Your Information to Make More-Informed Decisions Age.

I’ll leave it to someone else to come up with a catchier name.

The point is, to drive business value, your organization needs a content services platform that provides full process control, visibility into those processes, and automation tools that empower you to immediately deliver the critical information people need, when and where they need it. It also needs to be able to evolve and grow with your business.

Especially if your organization must meet the needs of an emerging, or increasing, remote workforce.

5 cloud myths debunked

Here’s the reality of working in the cloud, according to the results of a survey by IDG.

Cloud myth #1: The cost of running our solution in the cloud is too high

Reality: 68% of business and IT leaders cite cost as an advantage of the cloud.

— IDG, 2020

That’s because, while in some cases the initial cost may seem higher, there are actually a number of factors and costs to consider for an on-premises content services platform. These aspects, which really drive up the price over time, include:

  • Server hardware and maintenance
  • Support staff
  • Training
  • Disaster recovery challenges
  • Extended deployment times

Clearly, cost is a fable.

Cloud myth #2: It's too big of a risk to leave our data security in someone else's hands

Reality: 52% of business and IT leaders listed security as an operational advantage of the cloud.

— IDG, 2020

Meanwhile, only 22% said security was an advantage for an on-premises deployment. So let’s wave goodbye to that folklore.

The right cloud provider will constantly evaluate and evolve its practices to protect customer data. With experts taking care of your security, you remove the strain and cost of internal teams trying to keep up with, and prepare for, constantly evolving cybersecurity landscape.

Cloud myth #3: Our performance and availability will take a hit by relying on a SaaS platform

Reality: 78% of business and IT leaders cited availability as an advantage of cloud-based platforms.

— IDG, 2020

In fact, moving to a hosted content services solution can actually reduce downtime of applications and offer up to 99.99% availability — a downtime of (at most) 52 minutes a year!

Myth, destroyed. Employees, served!

Cloud myth #4: Hosting our platform in the cloud gives us less flexibility to change it

Reality: 70% of business and IT leaders believe that choosing the cloud gives them more flexibility than utilizing an on-premises deployment.

— IDG, 2020

Just as you and your staff are experts in your field, the engineers who manage cloud platforms are experts in their field. Working with a hosted solution means working with the people who built it. This makes your deployment faster, and can provide valuable insight into the options you have when evolving your solutions.

See you later, flexibility fairy tale.

Cloud myth #5: We can't trust a cloud solution to keep up with our industry and government-specific regulations

Reality: 44% of business and IT leaders listed compliance as an advantage of the cloud.

— IDG, 2020

Researching and implementing the right processes and reporting are colossal tasks. Partnering with a cloud-based solution provider that has experience in your industry and region removes the burden of keeping up with the ever-changing world of regulatory compliance.

> Read moreA guide to building your business case for the cloud

Free your IT resources to focus on the bigger picture

As solutions become more complex and widespread across your organization, the more strain it puts on IT staff tasked with supporting and expanding the platform. That’s why the future of content services is in the cloud.

Investing in a cloud-delivered content services solution takes a lot of strain off in-house staff and puts the responsibility into the hands of experts who know the platform best.

That’s the real value. Trusting the experts to take care of your content services solutions for you frees your IT resources. Instead of working through a never-ending to-do list, they focus on moving your business forward.

Ready to learn more?

Now that you know the truth about the cloud, learn how the Hyland Cloud supports your business operations from anywhere.

If you're a current customer, schedule a free Hyland Cloud consult to explore what a move to the cloud would involve for your organization.

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