Cloud | Agility | Growth

VIEW HIGH FIVE  

How the Cloud Enables Maximum Agility for Large Enterprises & StartUps

Today, unlike never before, businesses have the potential to transform in a matter of months, with traffic and revenue skyrocketing seemingly overnight. Eighteen months after launch, Pinterest, for instance, grew to 10+ million users, and there are countless other start-ups that have scaled at such an extraordinary pace. So how do high-growth businesses prepare for this kind of exponential growth? The answer is simple. They leverage the power of the cloud. Utilizing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers like Amazon Web Services, a start-up/large enterprise can quickly scale their IT capacity, without waiting for hardware to arrive. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) enables business to access applications remotely via a web connection, without laying out cash upfront for costly software that goes underutilized. Data storage streamlines collaboration and data recovery, without taking up valuable hard drive space. And platform-as-a-service (PaaS) simplifies app develop, testing and deployment, making the process of building apps faster and easier. In other words, the cloud’s digital infrastructure is freeing up businesses to focus on developing a winning business model. The examples are endless: ride-sharing firm Lyft, Dollar Shave Club and HelloFresh have all developed and grown on top of cloud-based infrastructure. And this trend is expected to grow exponentially, with enterprise cloud spending topping $195 million by 2020.

5 Reasons Why Your Startup Will Grow Faster in the Cloud via CloudTweaks

5 Reasons Why Your Startup Will Grow Faster in the Cloud via CloudTweaks

One of the most critical times for new businesses, author Gary Gould writes, is during its rapid-growth phase, and the cloud is a powerful tool for enabling this type of growth. In fact, Gould sites a survey which found that cloud-enabled start-ups experience 26-percent faster growth and increased gross profits by 21 percent. The reason? From business management optimization, to enabling businesses to cut costs on infrastructure and software, Gould offers a brief, but insightful glimpse, into some specific ways the cloud enables growth.

Read More
The 7 Attributes of a Comprehensive Cloud Strategy via ZDNet

The 7 Attributes of a Comprehensive Cloud Strategy via ZDNet

Legacy businesses have been slow to migrate to the cloud, but that trend is quickly reversing. And for businesses migrating to the cloud, this Sven Denecken feature on ZDNet offers an in-depth examination of what businesses need to consider before jumping in. Featuring SaaS, PaaS and IaaS considerations businesses must make, as well as questions they should be asking before landing on a provider, Denecken delivers an interesting look into how you can plan, prepare for and execute a cloud strategy that is designed to maximize your business’s potential.

Read More
4 Reasons Why Big Data Analytics in the Cloud Makes Sense Now via Dataversity

4 Reasons Why Big Data Analytics in the Cloud Makes Sense Now via Dataversity

As author Raghu Thiagarajan writes, unlike cloud CRM software, Business Intelligence and analytics haven’t traditionally aren’t being as widely utilized in the cloud. Yet, with one survey finding that by next year 50 percent of enterprise tech spending will take place outside of IT departments, it’s clear many businesses are moving their Big Data operations to the cloud. Although security and data integration have long been concerns, Thiagarjan offers an explanation why businesses should consider cloud-based Big Data offerings. First, cloud data processing enables collaboration across departments, and optimizes the decision making process. Plus, Big Data can help to cut costs and enable businesses to find new revenue, he writes.

Read More
AWS Helps Fuel Lyfts Expansion via InformationWeek

AWS Helps Fuel Lyfts Expansion via InformationWeek

Lyft – the ride-hailing app that competes with Uber – has experienced rapid growth throughout its history. And the entire operation has piggy-backed entirely off of the cloud. Author Charles Babcock talks with Lyft’s CTO about the benefits of utilizing Amazon Web Services to fuel its expansion. In addition to enabling seamless real-time scaling – Lyft experiences 8 times the traffic at its peak hours – AWS has also enabled advanced data mining that has enabled Lyft to find new revenue streams. This is a fascinating look at how a high-growth company can utilize a cloud-based services provider to fuel growth and innovation.

Read More
Groupon’s Data Center Journey via Data Center Frontier

Groupon’s Data Center Journey via Data Center Frontier

Groupon is another business that grew on AWS and Salesforce, yet they’ve been migrating away from the cloud since 2011. In a recent talk, Groupon’s Global Data Center Strategy and Operations chief Harmail Chatha gave insights into the drawbacks of clouds. In particular, businesses utilizing the cloud do not have control over their infrastructure and the costs can start adding up quickly. Chatha gives a few in-depth and interesting examples of when to consider moving away from the cloud, and the benefits of making the switch.

Read More

Looking to integrate the cloud into your operation?

TEAM CLUTCH can help. We set business up with customized systems for leveraging the power of the cloud for BI, Big Data, scaling and devops.

Subscribe to our High Five to receive curated story on Data & Analytics.





Subscribe