For every company? Yes—in today’s digital marketplace, ITaaS offerings are now so vast that I’m convinced just about any company could benefit from utilizing ITaaS in some form. Regardless of company size, regulatory issues, or IT complexity, there are tons of benefits to shipping your day-to-day IT services out the door (or at least up to the cloud). The following are just a few ways your company could benefit from ITaaS if it isn’t doing so already.
What is ITaaS?
Just like the many as-a-Service offerings available today—for everything from Software to Infrastructure, and AI—as-a-Service offerings in IT provide today’s businesses a way to outsource their tech-oriented needs via the cloud to increase agility, scalability, and cost-savings. In the case of ITaaS, companies are able to move to a consumption-based model of use for any range of compute, storage, and networking services. That means they’re only paying for what they need when they need it, rather than investing tons upfront in hardware and software they may or may not grow into. In other words, it’s a no-brainer. And it’s poised to be a huge asset to companies—especially small and mid-sized companies—moving toward digital transformation.
Indeed, ITaaS is far more than a top trend in digital transformation, as we noted for 2019. It’s likely the foundation of digital transformation moving forward.
How are Companies Benefiting from ITaaS Now?
- Security: What’s one thing your IT team would love to hand off to a third-party? How about tasks like back-up and recovery? Yes, ITaaS makes backup-as-a-service and recovery-as-a-service possible, freeing up time for your IT team to focus on more pressing and valuable work.
- Edge computing: Did you know it’s possible to gain access to edge computing via ITaaS? Edge computing allows you to gain even greater value from your data because it can be processed even faster than usual. And accessing it as-a-Service allows you to avoid up-front costs that might make edge computing inaccessible, depending on your company’s size and budget.
- Growth: One of the biggest problems companies have today isn’t just financing software to grow their business—it’s finding people with the right people who can run those programs on an ongoing basis. ITaaS eliminates that problem because it puts the onus of employing skilled employees on the servicing company. That could save your company a lot of stress—and money—long term.
Honestly, ITaaS can support any part of your digital transformation, allowing you to move away from legacy systems and programs with a smaller output of capital and time early on. That’s a huge bonus for companies of any size.
Will ITaaS solve all of your IT headaches or digital transformation problems? Of course not. Any successful digital transformation requires a clear and comprehensive strategy that is also fully agile and scalable. Incorporating agile software without an agile business model, for instance, won’t do your company any good, just as incorporating cost-effective cloud storage without a clear purpose will still be a waste of money. The key to any investment in digital transformation is to ensure that it’s solid, strategic, and fully supports your business goals. ITaaS—because it is so agile, scalable and cost-effective—simply presents a smart and obvious choice in helping you move in the right direction.
Daniel Newman is the Principal Analyst of Futurum Research and the CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise. From Big Data to IoT to Cloud Computing, Newman makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology projects, which leads to his ideas regularly being cited in CIO.Com, CIO Review and hundreds of other sites across the world. A 5x Best Selling Author including his most recent “Building Dragons: Digital Transformation in the Experience Economy,” Daniel is also a Forbes, Entrepreneur and Huffington Post Contributor. MBA and Graduate Adjunct Professor, Daniel Newman is a Chicago Native and his speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in our future.