For many organizations, the adoption of a cloud infrastructure (SasS and IaaS) has been instrumental in restructuring the mentality of how those organizations now operate. Speed, flexibility, and scale have become the new focus points. And yet, many organizations have still not come to the realization that cloud has come of age. According to Forrester Research, the public cloud market is estimated to reach $191 billion by 2020. This is not an insignificant fact. Gartner validated this trend, naming cloud as one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015. So when organizations think of the modern evolution of IT, it is not inconceivable to naturally pair this thought with the evolutions of cloud models. Though cloud offers seemingly countless advantages, there are areas within cloud environments that need proper management, visibility, and control to ensure that their infrastructures are profitable.
A recent global KPMG survey took a look at 800 technology industry leaders who all found that cloud would rank as the technology which would have the greatest impact and transformation on enterprise business. At the same time this growth will represent a huge market where enterprises will have the most challenges over data security, license management, and organized tracking of expenses. Companies who have not yet moved to a cloud infrastructure platform (IaaS) must question whether they should abandon the model of leaving information local for the sake of security. These decisions are data driven – which is great for enterprises utilizing it. Having good data to measure your decisions allows a company to make profitable decisions. Because of this, having access to clear, organized data will become the new business theme companies will need to make IT decisions in the future.
This is precisely why Tangoe’s MatrixCloud will become more valuable to enterprises in 2015. There is proof of this in the KPMG survey; for example, in 2012, cost efficiencies were the greatest reason for enterprises adopting a cloud infrastructure. Economically, this is natural since cost tends to be the most important question asked when organizations are considering an infrastructural change. But in 2014 – even though cost efficiencies were still number one – it was “better enabling a flexible and mobile workforce” that came in second. Want to know what CIOs thought was the second most important factor in 2012? It was “speed to adoption”. This gap signifies the paradigm shift that is occurring; namely, that cost alone was a more important factor in 2012 than it is today. Today, enterprises want a more flexible and mobile workforce. They want improved alignment and interaction with customers, suppliers and business partners. Their concern is over the proper leveraging of data to provide insightful business decisions. This is where Tangoe’s MatrixCloud solution becomes an extremely important asset to manage visibility and control over the efficiency of the cloud platforms and the organization of data it provides enterprises.
Matthew Gleason, Account Director for the APAC region at Tangoe, was correct when he wrote: “For years, CFOs, CIOs, IT managers have struggled to gain control and visibility into the nebulous world of telecom expenses.” The word “nebulous” is fitting to describe the lack of visibility many enterprises are experiencing, since the word is Latin for “full of mist” or “cloudy”. The same benefit that exists for telecom expense management is manifesting itself as the same panacea needed to demystify and control cloud expenses. Organizations have more important tasks at hand than to spend their scarce IT resources on managing these cloud services. Tangoe can set your enterprise on the proper cloud trajectory, supporting both your management efforts and data organization.