August 9, 2018
Migrating to the cloud opens a seemingly endless world of opportunity for businesses. With IT functionality housed in the cloud, companies can take advantage of the vast amount of business applications in the marketplace in order to accelerate their services. Furthermore, companies can achieve more flexibility and cost savings through app modernization in the cloud.
Gartner predicts that by the end of 2018, the cloud services market will reach $153.5 billion. A sizeable portion of this market value encompasses cloud computing applications. Cloud Application Services (commonly referred to as SaaS) will reach over $73.6 billion in revenue by the end of the year. By the end of 2021, Gartner predicts SaaS revenues will break $117 billion.
Most businesses are already familiar with some of the world’s leading cloud application such as Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite. In this article, we will explore how to leverage various leading cloud computing applications as well as ways to modernize existing applications as part of the digital transformation process.
App Modernization to Leverage Existing Resources
Before we jump into specific cloud computing apps, it’s important to address app modernization. Without question, the cloud offers tremendous value and opportunities to advance your business. One of the primary advantages of migrating operating systems to the cloud is the opportunity to modernize existing applications.
At Attunix, we help our clients extract the most ROI when moving to the cloud. With app modernization this is achieved in three primary ways:
• Improving customer reach & developing new business channels
• Reducing time-to-market & total cost of ownership
• Driving & enabling innovation to occur
We start the process by discovering and categorizing where the most strategic opportunities exist within existing applications. We look through your entire application portfolio to figure out the best use of your current resources to meet your business goals. Next, we look at each potential application and map out the scope for each modernization project. Together, we build a roadmap for logical design for affecting the greatest agility for your business.
Once migrated to the cloud, there are a few ways cloud computing applications can be modernized through re-platforming, feature extension or feature simplification. Essentially, we can take your legacy applications and modify them to suit your current needs with the added flexibility to continue modernizing in the future.
Cloud Computing Application Examples
Many companies can meet their digital transformation goals through app modernization. However, there are a plethora of competitive, easy to use cloud computing applications for enterprise that can all help accelerate modernization efforts at extremely low costs. The below list captures just a few examples of the leading cloud computing applications businesses leverage today.
Founder Drew Houston conceptualized Dropbox when he was a student at MIT always forgetting to bring a flash drive with him. The startup received funding in 2007 from accelerator Y Combinator and officially launched in 2008. The company was a harbinger for leveraging cloud services for storage and collaboration.
Dropbox caters to a wide array of users from Fortune 500 companies to student organizations to individuals for personal use. Companies can use Dropbox for storing shareable documents that can be easily accessed through the web. A popular use for Dropbox and similar cloud applications is information sharing with service providers or vendors. For example, a manufacturer may need to access basic product spec information for hundreds of SKUs from their customer. Instead of sending a large, static file over email the customer can share a link to a Dropbox folder that can be updated in real time.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud serves as an all-encompassing tool for creative projects. Subscribers can access Adobe tools online for graphic design, video editing, web development and photography. Adobe cloud applications work well for small businesses that only want to pay for a subscription fee versus buying licenses for the software installs. Customers can leverage the best of Adobe programs with flexibility without taking up memory on their local devices.
One of the primary benefits of cloud computing applications is pricing. Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions start as low as $9.99 per month and users can access all the apps for $49.99 per month. The programs update automatically and users do not need to pay for the upgrades. Overall cloud applications like Adobe Creative Cloud provide more options for businesses that may only need certain software elements to accomplish tasks versus paying for expensive programs.
GitHub is a cloud computing application used primarily for code. It provides collaboration features to manage development projects and review code. GitHub serves over 1.8 million users ranging from individuals to large corporations such as Airbnb and IBM. GitHub makes it easy for developers to contribute to open source projects. Developers love GitHub for its extensive content since the site contains articles and detailed documentation on nearly every coding topic. Publicly posted projects also allows coders to show their work for recruiting purposes or business opportunities. GitHub serves as a salient example of the benefits of collaboration through the cloud for both enterprise and individuals.
Slack allows for internal collaboration through cloud computing. Slack is an acronym for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge”. On the surface, Slack may appear as just another instant messaging service, but it allows for building instant communication for specific teams to chat and share files. The application integrates easily with other major services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and IBM Bluemix. On- premise legacy systems often face difficulties when it comes to integration. Cloud computing applications like Slack integrate easily with other cloud functionalities making it easier and faster to deploy new applications.
The applications of cloud computing are virtually limitless. Migrating to the cloud is the hard part. That’s why Attunix is here to help facilitate the process with the least amount of disruption while simultaneously meeting digital transformation goals. Once operating in the cloud, businesses can elevate their services at the pace of digital innovation by harnessing the world of cloud application tools.