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How the Pandemic May Spur the Long-Term Use of the Cloud

Cloud computing is even more critical in a post-COVID business world.The continuing pandemic has forced businesses to consider new ways of working, as well as move as quickly as possible towards digital transformation. In many cases, this means re-examining technologies that companies have looked at, but never quite accepted. And one of the chief ones, say experts, is the move to the cloud.

Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, LLC, puts it this way in his blog post, “New Workplace Realities Highlight Opportunity for Cloud-Based Apps and Devices,” "One of the numerous interesting outcomes of our new work realities is that many tech-related ideas introduced over the past few years are getting a fresh look. In particular, products and services based on concepts that seemed sound in theory but ran into what I’ll call “negative inertia”—that is, a huge, seemingly immovable installed base of a legacy technology or application—are being reconsidered."

The most important of those technologies, he says, is the cloud, concluding, “The bottom line is that as companies continue to adapt their IT infrastructure to support our new workplace realities, there are a number of very interesting potential second-order effects that may result from quickly adapting to a more cloud-focused world.”

O’Donnell is far from alone in his views. The Wall Street Journal reports, “Cloud-computing providers are emerging as among the few corporate winners in the coronavirus pandemic as office and store closures across the U.S. have pushed more activity online.”

Experts say that the move to the cloud isn’t a temporary blip. It will last even after the crisis ends. David S. Linthicum, chief cloud strategy officer at Deloitte Consulting, puts it this way in an InfoWorld blog post, “Get ready for the post-pandemic run on cloud,” “Most likely, after the crisis has gone and business hopefully returns to normal, there will be a mad rush to move to public cloud-based resources.”

He expects that cloud use will shift from where it’s been used the most in the past: “I suspect that cloud projects will move from strategic, focused systems such as data consolidation and process integration, to more pragmatic uses for business-critical systems such as inventory and logistics.”

However, he warns that many businesses may get the cloud wrong, because, “The biggest challenge will be finding qualified cloud architects and cloud developers who are able to select the right cloud platforms and services.”

Cloud Staffing Advice from the Pros

Alpha Cloud offers worry free management of your business apps.If you need help with the cloud, we’re here for you. At Alpha, we have plenty of experience with the cloud, because our Alpha Cloud takes care of installing and maintaining server software needed to run your Alpha Anywhere applications, allowing you to focus on building your business applications.

We know that you may need to move your deployments to the cloud, and that takes one kind of expertise. And we also know you may want to redeploy your applications on a different cloud platform (for example moving from virtual machines to containers or even to Kubernetes), and that takes another set of skills.

Those are good reasons to move to Alpha Cloud. On Alpha Cloud, the deployment is managed for you automatically with self-service dialogs. And Alpha Cloud removes the need to hire or train cloud experts to get there.

Alpha Cloud is elastic, so scales as needed, and automated so no manual work is required to use it. It’s highly reliable, with redundancy and failover; its shared resources make it possible to spread out the workload among multiple data centers and servers. It’s self-service as well, so you can get it immediately.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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