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More reasons to converge cloud, big data, mobility strategies

Posted by Aoife McMonagle on Feb 24, 2014 9:07:12 AM

The three hottest topics in corporate IT throughout the past several years have been cloud computing, big data and enterprise mobility, and all for very good reasons. Each of these technologies and trends comes with distinct advantages when compared to traditional IT management strategies, providing businesses with an opportunity to become more flexible, efficient, effective and intelligent for lower costs than would be imaginable only a decade ago. 

Although it might seem as though bringing all three of these IT components into an organization at once would be impossible, managed service providers are making these deployments feasible for virtually any firm. Additionally, studies continue to indicate that one will fuel success with the others in a variety of ways, and that the most positive outcomes for each are often reliant on the optimal management of another. 

There are myriad advantages organizations can enjoy by converging their cloud computing, big data and enterprise mobility strategies, including cost-efficiency, communication consistency, security and intelligence. 

Lower costs, more power
To begin, cloud computing is often viewed as the glue that keeps trends like big data and mobility moving through a variety of industries fluidly. Big data and BYOD can be significantly demanding of any organization's IT infrastructure, especially when the programs are first beginning to grow. However, cloud computing maximizes the flexibility of IT capabilities, enabling smooth scaling in accordance with demands that stem from new deployments. 

Cloud Times recently reported that a new Computer Economic study revealed that cloud computing can save organizations an average of roughly 15 percent on IT spending each year compared to legacy systems and other traditional IT setups. Considering just how reliant upon technology most businesses have become, 15 percent translates to a lot of potential for further investments, upgrades and modernization.

To that same end, the news provider explained more than 60 percent of the CIOs who responded to the study stated that the cloud has helped maximize operational agility and bolster the power to innovate. With greater flexibility and fewer expenditures, businesses can begin to leverage data generated through mobile devices and analyze large sets of information using big data tools, all in a more reasonable environment. 

Do not underestimate big data
Many decision-makers might fear big data deployments because of the technology's relative mysteriousness, and the belief that IT budgets will not allow implementation. However, armed with cloud computing, even the smallest of businesses are beginning to create and launch big data strategies, and this is changing competition in a variety of industries. 

According to Harvard Magazine, the big data revolution is in full motion currently, and the statistical and computational improvements that have come as a result far exceed the value of higher information volumes. This has been a common line of thinking in the past two years or so, in that data scientists are starting to recognize that quality of information is just as important as volume in these advanced analytics strategies. 

As the cloud enables streamlined access to and collection of data, and mobility helps companies generate real-time information to be processed by the analytics tools, the most intelligent strategies will work to create synchronicity among the investments. It is important to note, though, that business leaders do not necessarily need to take an all-or-nothing approach to these technologies and trends.

Sometimes, smaller firms will benefit from first deploying cloud solutions, then working through BYOD implementation and later making it to big data investments. However, having a long-term strategy in place for each before the first deployment is completed will often lead to the most optimal outcomes down the road. 

Topics: Data Management