Business agility is often the primary driver for companies to move to the cloud. Business agility, which combines speed and stability, helps companies respond rapidly to changing market demands, without compromising on quality. Agile companies, as reported in a McKinsey study, consistently rank among the top performers in their industries. Organizations that are eager to become lean and agile, are considering cloud migration to stay competitive. Here’s how cloud migration can be an agility initiative.

Scalability on demand

Cloud migration enables organizations to respond to sudden growth and scale up or down as required, without the loss of stability. For example, a small business with an e-commerce site is likely to experience an increase in shoppers during the holiday season and will require extra processing power to handle it, and scale back down after demand subsides in the following months. With cloud computing, companies can optimize cloud resources and adopt a pay-as-you-go model which reduces costs overall.

Data availability

The agile method of working emphasizes sprints that enable teams to complete a set number of tasks within a specific short time period to deliver a software product quickly. Agile teams rely on frequent collaboration to achieve their targets. The cloud offers greater data availability which enables employees to work and collaborate remotely, which is essential in agile organizations. Thanks to the cloud, we now have greater data availability than ever before. In fact, sprints and projects are likely to falter in the absence of cloud computing. Therefore, it is necessary to have cloud resources to make teamwork and projects more productive.

Faster updates & testing

Cloud resources are often managed services, which means updates are managed by provider and businesses get the latest updates without having to spend any time or additional money. Teams can therefore focus on their projects to achieve the organization’s goals. Testing also becomes easier with the cloud and costs are reduced. This helps companies deliver products faster and respond quickly per feedback.

Organizations are steering towards an agile model to remain competitive. Migrating to the cloud offers business opportunities to increase agility and take advantage of cloud resources to reduce costs while retaining stability.