What does the future hold for cloud data?

“Cloud services are now a regular component of IT operations, and are utilized by more than 90% of organizations around the world”.

As we approach the half-way point of 2017, how are things shaping up when it comes to cloud data? And what key trends should professional services firms be aware of?

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The cloud is playing an ever-increasing role in our business lives. In fact, experts predict that it won’t be long before the majority of professional services firms move all (or most) of their data to cloud servers. The IoT takes cloud computing to the next level; using technologies, processes, physical objects, and services to create an interconnected system that monitors and shares information like never before. Benefits of the IoT include increased productivity, costs savings, and better customer service.

What should you do now?

Firms should look to invest in cloud-based solutions and services now to keep up with the pace of change. Find out more about moving to the cloud in our handy guide.

Big Data

Dramatically changing the way businesses operate, the IoT is unlocking the potential of big data. In fact, almost all industries are becoming more and more data-driven. So, in 2017, how a firm leverages that data is directly related to their competitiveness; with the most successful organisations those that turn data insights into actionable improvements and innovations for customers.

What should you do now?

Conduct a data audit. Find out where your data is kept and who uses it. Once you have this information select a data management solution that consolidates all this valuable information and shares it with the relevant people/teams across your firm.

Security

When it comes to cybercrime, people are understandably worried. Especially following the recent global cyberattack. So firms must understand and prepare for current and emerging risks. Of course, the more data that is held in the cloud, the greater the possible threat. But as the IoT needs data to work, firms must be aware of, and put steps in place to mitigate any security breaches.

That said, with robust cloud encryption available, storing valuable and sensitive data in the cloud is often safer than storing it onsite. However we would always recommend you get professional support from experts in data storage to keep you compliant.

What should you do now?

Start by conducting a threat assessment to help you ensure adequate security protocols are in place. You should also establish a disaster response and recovery plan just in case the worst happens.

Regulations

In a world where we all rely on the cloud, increased regulations are needed to protect our sensitive data. In response, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being introduced. And, from 25th May 2018, all UK firms must be compliant with the new legislation or risk hefty fines.

What should you do now?

Make sure you ask your cloud provider what plans they have in pace to ensure compliance with the GDPR.

Mobility

Today, fewer people sit at their desks 9-5 than ever before; with mobile technology and hosted desktop solutions helping to support new and flexible ways of working. For professional services firms, while there are challenges to be faced when it comes to embracing mobile working practices, the rewards included increased productivity, cost savings, and a happier workforce.

What should you do now?

With 75% of Europe’s workforce expected to be mobile by 2018 it’s crucial that your firm adapts now. Consider moving to a hosted desktop solution to ensure your employees can access everything they need to do their jobs, regardless of where they are. Find out more about making your workforce mobile.

 

To find out how a hosted desktop solution and cloud computing can help your firm get ready for the IoT –  while protecting your sensitive client data  – speak to a member of our team on 01942 263 434 today.