Many managers remain sceptical of cloud technology. Will it really revolutionise the way we work? Or will it simply cause more IT headaches and budgetary conundrums? To put things into perspective, consider the success of NASA’s first Apollo moon landing. Now, compare it to the potential of current automation platforms. Trust us, the similarities are there.
What’s held us back?
Back in 1965, only 13 per cent of people expressed an interest in going to the moon. In 2014, interest in innovation was also low, with companies spending just 10 per cent of their IT budget on new tech. In both scenarios, the reasons for holding back were identical: cost, time and inexperience. Everyone assumes that technological advancement is beyond their capabilities. But, as NASA proved, rising into the clouds needn’t be impossible.
Here are three lunar-inspired reasons why using the cloud is the right move for your business:
Simplicity and efficiency: it’s not rocket science
Despite the hype around mankind’s first mission to the moon, the underlying process was incredibly straightforward. In fact, the code used for Apollo’s Guidance Computer (AGC) was so simple, you can download it as PDF file today. NASA used this code to program all the hardware the astronauts needed to complete mission-critical tasks in real-time.
Modern cloud applications work using the same principle. Users don’t need to be computer engineers to run a self-service app like Office 365 or Dropbox. Collaborative, user-friendly interfaces make working-life efficient and productive.
If NASA’s astronauts could navigate the far reaches of space with a computer more basic than a modern toaster, your team can use an online tool to share documents and files.
Practicality and profitability: astronomical savings
Okay, so the Apollo 11 mission was far from cheap. But few argue its success wasn’t worth the investment. That money enabled NASA to overcome all the technological challenges facing space travel and boldly go where no human had gone before. Likewise, spending your budget isn’t a gamble if you invest in technology proven to boost your ROI.
Companies who invest in SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) products cut 15 percent from their overall IT spending. While cloud service subscriptions incur regular monthly costs, they don’t compare to how much you would otherwise spend on data centre storage and IT personnel.
Operational cost is a necessary part of innovation; a small price to pay for increased scalability, agility, flexibility and overall success.
Productivity and performance: light-speed agility
During Apollo 11’s voyage, NASA had to find a way of operating and communicating with a lunar craft more than 238,000 miles from Earth. To ensure the mission stayed on course, they optimised every line of code to get the most out of the available technology. If NASA had tried to reach the moon with standard 1960s tech alone, that journey would have been extremely short-lived.
Cloud technology does the same thing for business-critical processes. Legacy infrastructure restricts a business’ ability to respond to change, according to Harvard Business Review. End users benefit from self-service applications that enable them to complete tasks faster and more efficiently.
Whether it’s completing expense forms or scheduling tweets on social media, cloud platforms streamline existing workflows and make your workforce as productive as humanly (and technologically) possible.
Crossing the final frontier
While technical barriers to cloud adoption do exist, the biggest obstacle is often your own reservations. Committing to new tech can be daunting, but it’s this initial step that drives progress.
If NASA had looked at the moon and considered it too pricey, complicated and time-consuming to reach, we wouldn’t have the computer and software engineering practices we have today. Cloud technology has the potential to take your business further than it has ever gone before – all it takes is one small step.