Those companies still working with premises-based communications solutions are getting fewer, and will soon be limited to new start-ups in low-tech sectors, where collaboration is limited, and the benefits offered by cloud-based applications are a nice-to-have, not a necessity.
Certainly, cloud-based communications have transformed business, leveling the playing field and allowing smaller organisations to compete with market leaders without significant investment. Innovation is now the key, not capital expenditure. And those still clinging onto premises-based services are limiting themselves in terms of return on investment, and competitive advantage.
Organisations are migrating to the cloud at different rates, and Esna is working with its clients to assess the best way to maximise value from existing on-site hardware investment, while leveraging the benefits of cloud-based services.
This is known as a hybrid model, and offers companies the chance to experience cloud-based services whilst maintaining the comfort of their existing technology. It’s a transition, but most importantly it still allows a business to prepare for the future without significant up-front investment.
So while the future may be in fully hosted or cloud-based solutions, there is a strong argument for companies wishing to maintain some in-house control and security in the business.
The argument, though for some degree of transition to off-premises solution is compelling when you consider the immediate benefits:
- Reduced overheads
- Reduced operating expense
- Increased business capabilities
- Increased ROI on existing technology and hardware
Regardless of the ratio between premise-based and cloud-based, a hybrid approach will offer all businesses the opportunity to become more strategic, and more innovative.
And working with a third party service provider such as Esna will enable your business to start benefiting now.