Are Cloud Solutions the Next Step for E-commerce Brands?
Gartner (2019) predicted that by the end of 2019, more than 30% of the top 100 largest vendors will have invested in a cloud-only approach. SAP is committed to providing the best and most advanced solutions for their customers – whether on-premise or in the cloud. With that being said, businesses have increasingly started migrating their e-commerce to the cloud as it saves time and money, realises revenue faster and provides an overall competitive advantage.
So how do you prepare your e-commerce for a move to the cloud? More importantly, how can you be sure that you’ve done everything to ensure a seamless migration while still meeting the needs of your business? Is cloud e-commerce the next step for your brand’s growth?
Moving to the cloud delivers an SAP landscape that is more agile and flexible. No longer limited to the resources you have installed; through the cloud you can provision resources instantly to meet growing demands.
The cloud is ideal for businesses with fluctuating demands so if your business needs change, you can easily scale up or down without capacity issues. The cloud allows you to future-proof your business for increasing demands.
Although businesses are interested in cutting costs, with cloud solutions there is never a fear of permanently losing data. Cloud-based solutions also help businesses avoid large up-front investments.
Implementation is minimal and with subscription based models, you only pay for what you need with opportunities to upgrade or downgrade – which can mean huge savings compared to on-premise solution.
A study by researchers from Imperial College, Harvard University and Reading University estimated that cloud computing will prevent 4.5 million tons of CO2 emissions from entering the Earth’s atmosphere. By scaling your server capacity in the cloud you avoid leaving an oversized carbon footprint.
By moving to the cloud, you remove any barrier to enter into new markets and geographies without the need for a physical presence in the target market. Benefits include product development streamlining and cost efficiency.
An e-commerce move to the cloud may seem like an arduous task but the business benefits such as reduced operational costs, managed support and a reduced carbon footprint are worth the efforts. That being said, it’s important to ask yourself the right questions before getting started.
Some of the more important considerations to ask yourself before making a move to the cloud include:
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A cloud readiness assessment can help you determine if you’re really prepared for a move to the cloud. If you’d like to ensure your business is operating without silos while improving performance and placing customer experiences at the heart of it all, get in touch with our SAP Customer Experience Consultants by completing the form.
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