The Meaning of Business Agility in Cloud Computing
By: Rob Duffy on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Today we often hear the phrase “business agility” used in connection with cloud computing. What exactly does it mean? Put simply, business agility is the power to change, rapidly and effectively, to suit changing circumstances. 

To further define the phrase, here are some examples of business agility that are enabled by cloud computing:

  • The “idea-to-cash” lifecycle is accelerated—the cloud is an on-demand workspace where you can implement and test your ideas faster.  Your projects will no longer be derailed while you wait for hardware to be delivered and set up.
  • Reduced risk of innovation—low start-up costs of the cloud make it possible to test new ideas with minimal financial impact.
  • Smarter budget allocation—operating dollars are utilized, where, in the past, capital expenditures might have been required.
  • Easier budget allocation—fixed monthly costs, or easily monitored metered billing, makes it possible to have very tight control on expected spending without extreme effort.
  • Scale quickly—if you hit on a great idea, you’re able to expand your information technology (IT) infrastructure quickly to meet the demand.
  • Focus on strategic IT efforts—your IT team is unshackled from the worries of maintaining server uptime, power provisioning, bandwidth, cooling, etc. They can focus on implementing the applications that directly drive productive business results.

I recently presented an in-depth webinar on the topic of business agility and cloud computing, and it’s available on-demand for a replay.

Rob Duffy is Product Manager for mindSHIFT’s cloud computing, virtualization and desktop products and services, based in our Waltham, MA office.

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