March 1, 2016 | Written by: Rashik Parmar
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As a business leader, you are looking for clear and immediate returns on any investment you make. Whilst cloud technologies may be essential to implementing a disruptive business model, the reality of driving the current business makes these ideas seem more like a dream or nightmare. However, there are more immediate and readily achievable outcomes that you can achieve with a modest investment of resources.
By automating many IT tasks, cloud technologies increase the productivity of IT staff. Experience from cloud engagements shows that up to 30% increase in productivity of IT staff is possible.
Through simplifying and integrating existing IT systems, cloud technologies also increase the productivity of many more employees with access to the best practices available through Software as a Service offerings or as APIs.
Leaders constantly challenge themselves to automate more of their daily work and achieve higher levels of productivity.
Surviving in the hyper competitive marketplace where digitisation promises to disrupt all aspects of business requires a new business culture. A culture that encourages experimentation with an ability to scale effortlessly to maximise returns. Cloud technologies are being considered not as a tools to support the business, but rather a route to market. Connecting with new suppliers, partners and customers, organisations are using cloud technologies to become indispensable.
Using hybrid cloud technologies allows an organisation to leverage their investments IT systems and combine them with new “born in the cloud” APIs or services to achieve previously unimaginable business outcomes. These are only made possible through constant experimentation and innovation.
Leaders are creating a culture where the value of experimentation, agility, learning from failure are the norm.
Access to data from all aspects of business combined with advanced machine learning and cognitive technologies available through cloud technologies allows increased accuracy in predicting outcomes. Fine grained weather data, social media data, picture, videos and data from IoT sensors can readily be combined with the data that organisations have gathered over the last 60 years. Advances in algorithms allows patterns to emerge within and across this data to increase our understanding of business processes, customer needs, and performance of machinery.
Railroads are using sensors on trains to listen to the sound of wheels to predict the likelihood of a cracked wheel and avoid derailment. There are examples in all industries where the combination of new data, cognitive algorithms and cloud based technologies create new business outcomes.
Leaders are constantly looking for new data sources and innovative use of the data. Most importantly leaders have been able to rekindle their childhood curiosity of the world and asking the simple questions that inspire business innovation.
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