Whiteboard Fridays: Three Things to Consider When Moving to the Cloud
Making the decision to move your unified communications environment to the Cloud comes with considerable benefits. In this edition of Whiteboard Fridays, we’ve outlined three core areas to consider as you plan UCaaS journey.
1. Moving from a CapEx to an OpEx Model
Changing the way you pay and subsequently adjusting IT spending patterns is among the first considerations to factor-in when making the decision to move to the Cloud. In the days of yore, organizations were limited to paying for IT infrastructure as an upfront, capital expenditure (CapEX). Generally this involved investing thousands upon thousands of dollars to procure physical servers, storage space, hardware and the related software – all before the systems would ever go-live. And with technology’s rapid advancement in recent years, this cycle would refresh in seemingly no time, leaving IT departments cash-strapped and limited in their ability to innovate and grow.
Cloud computing and the delivery of solutions “as-a-service” has shifted IT spending to a more digestible pay-as-you-go model, making it possible to escape the hardware trap and turn IT operations into an operational expense (OpEx). This gives businesses the major benefit of predictability in their IT spend and eliminates the need to plan for upgrades and maintenance. Even more beneficial is the agility that this model affords. In a traditional CapEx scenario, businesses needed to invest and deploy all of the necessary infrastructure to support their maximum workload. But with a cloud-based OpEx model, organizations can scale up to meet needs during a peak season and scale back down as their needs change.
2. IT Staff Allocation
In a typical on-premises scenario, a sizable portion of IT resources are dedicated to ongoing daily management and maintenance of the UC environment. When you move your communications to the Cloud with West, we function as an extension of your internal team, handling day-to-day management, upgrades and monitoring. This means your IT team can be redeployed to focus on projects that drive strategic value vs. systems maintenance.
However, giving up management and maintenance tasks does not require you to give up control. Working with a provider like West can give you visibility into your environment through a unified portal. You should have complete transparency with your provider, and the ability to access and manage items related to your users, phone numbers, circuits, and anything else that comprises the UC solution.
3. Complexity and Innovation
Unified Communications environments are complex and they are continuing to change. West has expertise and experience working in a variety of environments, so when complications inevitably arise, chances are strong that our team of experts have seen it before.
There are a lot of new solutions and capabilities becoming available in the market from an array of different vendors. When you work with West you can offload the burden of staying up-to-date on what’s coming down the pipeline and how new technologies and enhancements will fit into your ecosystem. And, as new tools become available, businesses can often speed their time to UCaaS implementation when working with a managed services provider versus hiring and training to handle the same project in-house.
Whether you already have some cloud services deployed or are just getting started, we’d like to talk to you about how West can help you on your journey. Looking for a more in-depth guide to planning your cloud migration strategy? Download our practical guide to moving to unified communications as a service, or connect with our sales team today!
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