In my previous post, the Top Cloud Technology Myths Part 1, I described three myths associated with moving to the cloud. Below are my remaining three cloud myths to make up a total of six myths (for now!).
Cloud Myth 4: Moving to Office 365 or Dynamics 365 requires an all-or-nothing commitment to the cloud.
Companies tend to be fairly unique in a number of ways. For smaller companies, or even larger ones under certain conditions, it’s feasible to make a huge once-off shift into the cloud if they so choose, but many organisations may not have that level of freedom. This could be due to environment complexity, costs, contractual obligations or a number of other reasons. Because of this, many initially (or permanently) opt for a hybrid implementation (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-365-integration-with-on-premises-environments-263faf8d-aa21-428b-aed3-2021837a4b65) in which a seamless environment is created that exists partially in the cloud and partially on-premises. Depending on the nature of the company and its IT requirements, this could be a strong best-of-both-worlds choice which still allows for a more cloud-centric approach at a later stage.
Cloud Myth 5: The public cloud favours efficiency over innovation
As an example, it’s true that Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/what-is-iaas/ ) offers cost reduction coupled with more rapid and scalable deployments, but only considering this a cost implication limits the potential such services present. Considering that whole environments and their specifications can be tweaked, extended or retracted in minutes, it blurs the lines of what used to be more rigid boundaries for software. This, combined with a steady flow of new services and functionality on an evergreen platform allows for more agile, scalable solutions and new options we simply didn’t have to this degree before. The interesting result is that we have an environment that caters for many needs across the spectrum of innovation, balanced with efficiency and practicality. Do you work for a company that favours simplicity and would just like to spin up a new cost-effective managed enterprise SQL server in 15 minutes? Done. Are you a bleeding edge technology consultancy that has dynamic requirements that can often shift your infrastructure requirements over a matter of hours? No problem. This is but one example of many in which the cloud can mean many different things to many different people.
Cloud Myth 6: Always-on internet connections are needed to access Office 365 (and many other cloud-related) applications.
The nature of business software in general is slowly changing. In particular, solutions like Microsoft’s Office products are taking full advantage of a connected and diversely growing online world, but the core focus is and always will be enabling businesses to do what they do better. To this end there are a plethora of local productivity and collaboration tools that make good use of online capabilities, but aren’t exclusively dependent on them. Products like many in the Microsoft Office range work perfectly well offline, and sync, update or adapt as needed when an internet connection eventually becomes available to them. Even some related mobile phone and tablet applications have offline capabilities. Furthermore, these products have been revisited and optimised over a great number of iterations, and are fully functional even while subjected to high latency, low bandwidth conditions.
All of the above gives you reason enough to reconsider your move to the cloud, and more specifically Microsoft Azure services. I wrote more Cloud Myths (one to three) which you are able to read in Part 1 of the Top Cloud Technology Myths.
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