Technology, in various states has long been important to the success of organisations.
However, the manoeuvring of technology within business, and the pressures to provide direct ROI [return on investment] behind every line item has meant that it’s no longer sufficient to just say “it is important” – there has to be an explainable value.
While this matter could be approached from a variety of areas, we think that demonstrating the various Microsoft Azure benefits [in this case 10] that companies of various sizes feel is of value to CXOs.
Focusing on Microsoft Azure benefits
The number of organisations adopting a cloud-based model is increasing rapidly: whether that be from a hybrid approach, or going full cloud, it’s a matter that has hit the boardroom.
However, as noted by our focus, we think that Microsoft Azure really is a class to itself when it comes to practical business solutions.
Our view is based on more than a pure increase in numbers, but quantifiable services including analytics, computing, databases, mobile apps, networking, storage and websites.
We understand that with this in your competitor’s hands, they have real means to outpace and out-muscle you.
So, what are they getting that you’re not?
1. Microsoft Azure is fast, really fast
The matter of speed is very much important, but in the context of an Azure benefit, speed is very visible within:
Speed of deployment
Speed of operation
Speed of scalability
These as well as the functionality of Azure simply can’t be matched by on-premises or even other cloud providers.
2. Agility with Azure
Businesses using Azure can develop, test, feedback and retry when developing their applications. This means that they can explore new avenues and new technologies.
More importantly they have the ability try features and decide if it’s not for them, without expensive outlay or setting up complex infrastructure . With innovation being essential to all business, this has a huge impact.
This type of agility isn’t just valuable in terms of getting things done, but it means that teams can do a lot more, grow quicker and fail faster.
3. Azure’s global reach
For a business to have their services running in data-centres globally, with great ease is not only helpful, but essential.
For our clients who need the power to modify the global footprint of their application dynamically as performance and utilisation changes – this is one of the biggest Azure benefits.
From a user’s perspective, they are always getting a great experience and aren’t dependant on location.
Once you start comparing Azure benefits from an enterprise perspective you realise that there are many elements beyond mere storage.
From an architecture perspective, you really need a unified delivery pipeline – here’s Azures:
Go live tools
While the argument can be made that assigning specific workloads to different environments can at times be advantageous. There is great continuity and reduces risk of integration failure when all tools are available under one umbrella.
It means that in the case of product updates or any other changes, Azure can guarantee [to a high degree] that their pipeline is designed according - which creates a compelling business case.
They have regional and global fail-over options, hot and cold standby models as well as rolling reboot capabilities that work out of the box. These capabilities put them far beyond the, plain-old storage option.
While this may not be something that is a daily issue to a business, it is definitely something that you can confidently know is happening in the background.