Whether for CEOs, developers, CIOs/CTOs or even application managers, the question has become recurring: “Is my company in the best interest of using the cloud?”.
Even though the technology was installed ten years ago, the answer is very often still hard to come by. Maybe it’s just because the original question wasn’t pronounced correctly? Because it implies that there will be a single cloud, which will include a finite range of services and functions that are likely to meet all uses, for all types of business, regardless of their size. or their field of activity.
This is clearly far from the case! If we always talk about ‘the’ cloud, it obviously covers as much as its (potential) user needs.
While large (and sometimes medium -sized) companies can easily surround themselves with experts who are able to guide them in their use of the cloud, small companies are very often missing out, or deliberately unaware. where to start.
However, the benefits that SMEs can reap from using cloud solutions are not lacking.
Low storage costs
Less than 50% of structured data is used to make managerial or strategic decisions, and less than 1% of a company’s unstructured data is analyzed or exploited: companies should ask themselves the question about the value of storing this data. , where they are not (yet) getting value.
One of the most commonly recognized advantages of the cloud has to do with its infinite storage capacities, generally very attractive prices.
One of the most commonly recognized advantages of the cloud has to do with its infinite storage capacities, generally very attractive prices. Especially compared to the cost of storage on the premiseincluding material, logistical, security, human and ultimately financial aspects.
If, in terms of computing power, some activities require that it be as close as possible to them, to avoid any latency in processing their data, others are very variable and crossbow -seasonal needs. This is the case, for example, of an industrial design company, which has to perform occasional simulations, which require significant resources: this company can easily assign this task to a supercomputer, such as MeluXina in Luxembourg, which operated by LuxProvide.
We are also seeing the emergence of hybrid architectures, in which companies perform in situ (edge computing) an initial processing of their data (sorting, filtering, aggregation, etc.) and assigning heavier processing to the cloud, such as machine learning.
Similarly, thanks to the cloud, companies benefit from more flexibility in setting up service continuity plans. In fact, by hosting a copy of the company’s infrastructure, the cloud allows it to resume its activities in very limited time after a major incident that affects its information system. on the premise.
Owned by the environment
Another element, and the least, arguing in favor of the cloud, is its low impact on the environment, compared to the infrastructures in the area. According to a study published in 2021 by the journal Patterns, information and communication technologies make up between 2 and 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, compared to 2.5% for civil aviation … According to one further study, this time from the International Data Corporation (IDC). ), by 2024, the cloud will prevent the release of more than one billion tons of CO2.
Some of these use cases, and many others, illustrate the many benefits that using the cloud can have for SMEs. So every company should ask itself the question about the benefits it can get from using it.
By 2024, the cloud will prevent the release of more than a billion tons of CO2.
But it also requires, for them, being well -supported by experts and consultants who know how to demonstrate pedagogy and discernment, who understand that each SME is unique in its expectations in terms of digitalization.
“DIH on Tour” at the beginning of the school year
The Luxembourg Digital Innovation Hub (L-DIH), hosted within Luxinnovation, is there to help Luxembourg manufacturing companies assess where they stand in their digital innovation, and to identify partners in IT that will help them through these change steps that will allow them to maintain or develop their competitiveness.
Last fall, the “DIH On Tour” initiative consisted of criss-crossing the country from north to south, stopping at twelve industrial zones to be as close as possible to companies and their concerns in terms of digitalization. . This first edition was a real success; so the experience will change in the next school year.