Cost reduction is not the only point to be considered in a project to adopt a cloud architecture. The decision is based on technical criteria that indicate that the use of technology employed by the company no longer meets production demands. A solid technological infrastructure is what keeps the IT strategy in full operation and, consequently, ensures that the company's operations remain available to customers and suppliers.

The objective of the article is to assemble a checklist presenting important reasons for adopting a cloud architecture, considering other benefits, in addition to the famous cost reduction.

A cloud architecture goes beyond financial benefits

Two points are considered a priority when investing in an IT infrastructure, the first of which is the business strategy. It is to bear in mind what kind of structure will be necessary for the company to function, meeting requirements such as productivity gains and operational efficiency.

The second relevant point, which cannot be forgotten, is related to future growth, especially in an increasingly digital and connected scenario, such as the one we are experiencing today.

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Companies, taking into account customer satisfaction, must evaluate their evolution based on consumption patterns and demands for higher levels of quality in products and services. They need to define a technological architecture that allows expansion, considered fundamental for their existence in the market.

Therefore, consider the following signs as evaluation criteria.

# Signal 1

The cost of maintaining the current architecture is showing high growth over the years

# Signal 2

Increased acquisition of solutions to specific problems. This may indicate, for example, that software that initially should solve large-scale problems is not being more efficient.

# Signal 3:

The emergence of redundant solutions. The same resource defined to solve a problem is being applied in different situations, outside the existing IT architecture.

# Signal 4

The emergence of redundant data. With the analysis of processed data and information, it is seen that redundancy is not being treated by the current architecture.

# Signal 5

The increase of solution interfaces. A consequence of data redundancy is the increase in interfaces for handling the same information, very common in software solutions that are customized for companies.

# Signal 6

The growth of integration with other systems. This indicates that the software used is no longer meeting the current demand, and it is necessary to integrate with other solutions, it is necessary to check the cost of these integrations.

#Signal 7

The appearance of alternative solutions. Issues and features that were initially mapped to the enterprise architecture are being replaced by other alternatives.

# Signal 8

Obsolete technologies. Compatibility with software solutions used by companies may not be following the evolution of the infrastructure used.

What we can basically see in the criteria described is that we have a deviation from the path of companies regarding the use of their technological architecture, this has an impact on aspects of hardware, software, network and on the production process. A cloud architecture expands the scope of these aspects and acts on sensitive points such as information security, high availability, backup and recovery, maintenance of the entire architecture and the use of professionals with high technical capacity.

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By adopting a cloud architecture, we seek objectives such as reducing the negative impact on business, increasing customer satisfaction and ensuring future growth projections, without forgetting, of course, the aspects of costs and financial and image losses, as a result of an IT infrastructure that does not meet the high technology demand that digital transformation currently requires.   

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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.