Adopting the right cloud tools has become critical for growing companies, ranging from nimble startups to established industry giants. Around 94% of all companies globally use cloud software currently, according to a report from Colorlib. That is a 14% increase since 2020, suggesting that the pivot to remote working during the pandemic accelerated the adoption rate of cloud technologies.
There are a lot of benefits to leveraging the cloud including flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and scalability. That’s why companies of all sizes rely on the cloud to fuel their business growth.
Leveling The Playing Field For Startups
“In the past, one of the most significant barriers for startups was the high cost and complexity of IT infrastructure,” says Elad Ben-Israel, CEO and Co-Founder of Wing. The cloud has dramatically changed this, offering a more accessible and affordable platform. Startups can now leverage sophisticated tools and technologies that were once the exclusive domain of large corporations. This democratization of technology has enabled startups to focus on innovation and rapid growth without being bogged down by heavy upfront investments in hardware and software.
One of the most compelling advantages of the cloud for startups is its scalability. With the cloud, businesses can easily scale their operations based on demand, without needing significant capital expenditure. “This elasticity is particularly beneficial for businesses experiencing rapid growth or seasonal fluctuations. Moreover, the pay-as-you-go model of many cloud services ensures that companies only pay for what they use, optimizing operational costs,” explains Ben-Israel.
Many startups use a remote, hybrid, or fractional model, meaning team members are not in the same room while collaborating. Cloud-based tools have made it possible to collaborate on everything from documents to code to customer support. “This accessibility is invaluable in today’s globalized world, where teams are often dispersed across different geographies. Tools like cloud-based project management and real-time communication platforms have revolutionized team dynamics, leading to increased productivity and faster project turnaround times,” he adds.
Integrating And Automating Cloud Software
When working with distributed and complex cloud applications, the ability to easily integrate new software into your tech stack is essential. The rise of the cloud and the API economy has made it possible for engineering teams to quickly integrate a new tool into their tech stack quickly and see immediate value. “This interconnectedness leads to more streamlined operations and data management. Additionally, many cloud services offer automation features, which help reduce manual tasks, minimize errors, and enhance efficiencies,” says Ben-Israel.
Another significant advantage of cloud software is its ability to effectively collect, store, and analyze vast amounts of data. By collecting data, businesses can gain insights into customer behavior, market trends, and operational efficiency to make more informed decisions, giving businesses a competitive edge. “And, contrary to early concerns, cloud software has proven to be highly secure, with many providers offering advanced security features that are often more robust than what businesses could achieve on-premise. Moreover, cloud providers are typically up-to-date with the latest compliance standards, reducing the regulatory burden on businesses.”
How Cloud Software Contributes To Sustainability And Corporate Responsibility
Cloud computing is also a more environmentally friendly option than on-premise software. By utilizing shared resources in large data centers, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint, aligning with growing global concerns about sustainability. This not only helps in conserving energy but also positions the company positively in terms of corporate social responsibility.
More businesses are turning to cloud software for their tech needs. The rise of AI and machine learning becoming integrated into cloud services promises to unlock new potentials in automation and intelligent data analysis. Additionally, the growth of edge computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) will further expand the capabilities and applications of the cloud.
Overcoming The Challenges Of Cloud
The role of the cloud in business growth is undeniably transformative – it has leveled the playing field for startups, provided scalability and flexibility for growing businesses, and has become a cornerstone for innovation and efficiency in startups and large corporations alike. But there are still many challenges to overcome. The cloud is distributed and complex by design, and it can be too difficult to move between platforms. According to the latest report on software trends from InfoQ, designing for portability is becoming more popular as architects strive to decouple business logic from implementation details.
This is one of the problems the team at Wing are attempting to address with their open-source programming language Winglang, which unifies cloud infrastructure and application code into a single programming model that works across AWS, Azure, GCP, Kubernetes, serverless, and more.
“We’re abstracting away a lot of the gritty details of building applications on top of cloud infrastructure,” says Ben-Israel. “The cloud has evolved into an incredibly powerful computing platform, but customers still find themselves having to deal with burdensome tasks across security, networking, deployment, and operations to build and manage even the simplest systems.”
Despite the complexity of the cloud, the advantages outweigh any of the negatives.