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Why You Should Consolidate Your Cloud Apps
Cloud computing is an unquestionably important force in the modern IT world. Many enterprises are already using the ...
Cloud computing is an unquestionably important force in the modern IT world. Many enterprises are already using the cloud for some of their computing needs, and the number is growing. In many cases, businesses are using numerous cloud apps, whether self-hosted or purchased in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. While all those cloud apps may seem great individually, managing the totality of them can be a serious hassle. For many businesses, consolidation is the better answer.
Consolidated Solutions Versus Numerous Cloud Apps
For every business need, there is likely a cloud app promising to fix it. Of course, few solutions can solve every business challenge, and none of them will be the best at everything. However, having a hodgepodge of “best in class” apps isn’t necessarily beneficial either. In most use cases, consolidating solutions under a single umbrella such as Microsoft 365 can simplify your IT stack and deliver some significant benefits.
1. Reduce Costs
Having many different cloud app subscriptions can quickly add up in terms of cost. In most cases, working with a wide variety of vendors will be significantly less cost-efficient than using a more centralized approach. It is not uncommon for apps to have overlapping functionality, essentially paying twice for the same feature. Furthermore, managing all those subscriptions can be challenging. This can lead to paying for license seats that are going completely unused.
2. Simplify Your Systems
The main challenge of having many different cloud apps is the complexity of the whole IT stack. Although cloud delivery of apps reduces maintenance requirements compared to on-premises systems, someone still needs to maintain all those disparate apps and support users.
Having many different solutions means that the overall stack is quite complicated. This can lead to inefficiencies, reduced productivity and even diminished security. If you want to propel your business forward, you should consider simplifying by consolidating apps.
3. Improve Security
Cybersecurity is more critical today than it has ever been. To effectively defend your business against modern threats, you need a comprehensive strategy. The more spread out your apps, the wider the “frontline” you need to defend will be. It is typically easier to create and implement a thoughtful strategy for a consolidating set of solutions rather than a patchwork of cloud apps.
Some cloud providers are leading the pack on security solutions while others are playing it fast and loose with their customers’ data. The cost of data breaches and disruptions from cyberattacks can be high. It is worth it to move your systems to a reliable provider with industry-leading security.
4. Increase Productivity
Consolidation can improve your productivity significantly. For example, using a single platform for chat, calls, and meetings can help to reduce confusion and improve communication. Similarly, having that app connected with your email client and document-creation solutions can create simple, streamlined workflows. There is also a lot to be said for familiarity. Using many apps from a single provider with a consistent design language means that your team members can learn new apps quickly.
5. Enhance Insights
Measurement is the key to effective management. When you are gathering metrics from dozens or even hundreds of different cloud apps, it is nearly impossible to gain any valuable insights into how your people are working. With a consolidated approach, you can access better metrics that provide a more cumulative view of how your team works. This leads to better insights and better decisions for your business.
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Move Your Systems to a Single Cloud
The idea of moving from many cloud apps to a consolidated solution may sound daunting. Without question, data migrations require careful planning and execution. However, when you do them right, they can be very smooth. In many cases, the key is to work with knowledgeable experts and purpose-made tools to simplify the process.
By moving your data from your legacy cloud apps to a new, consolidated platform, you can enjoy all the above benefits. Plus, with a well-planned migration, you can avoid almost all business disruptions from the change.
Get Help Migrating Your Cloud Apps With Cloudficient
Discover the difference that consolidated cloud apps can make. Cloudficient makes it easy to migrate from your legacy systems to the Microsoft cloud. With our Office 365 onboarding solution, you can enjoy a reliable, efficient and worry-free move to 365 as the backbone of your IT stack. It is time to say goodbye to your patchwork of cloud apps and hello to a single solution in the Microsoft cloud.
With unmatched next generation migration technology, Cloudficient is revolutionizing the way businesses retire legacy systems and transform their organization into the cloud. Our business constantly remains focused on client needs and creating product offerings that match them. We provide affordable services that are scalable, fast and seamless.