Technology, in various states has long been important to the success of organisations.
However, the manoeuvring of technology within business, and the pressures to provide direct ROI [return on investment] behind every line item has meant that it’s no longer sufficient to just say “it is important” – there has to be an explainable value.
While this matter could be approached from a variety of areas, we think that demonstrating the various Microsoft Azure benefits [in this case 10] that companies of various sizes feel is of value to CXOs.
Focusing on Microsoft Azure benefits
While this article makes no apologies for focusing on Azure benefits, it’s important to note there are a variety of Cloud IaaS [Infrastructure as a Service] providers available for businesses, including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Hosting and Google Computer Engine. If you wish to conduct this for other solutions, see this cloud service providers guide.
However, as noted by our focus, we think that Microsoft Azure really is a class to itself when it comes to practical business solutions.
Our view is based on more than a pure increase in numbers, but quantifiable services including analytics, computing, databases, mobile apps, networking, storage and websites.
We understand that with this in your competitor’s hands, they have real means to outpace and out-muscle you.
So, what are they getting that you’re not?
1. Microsoft Azure is fast, really fast
The matter of speed is very much important, but in the context of an Azure benefit, speed is very visible within:
- Speed of deployment
- Speed of operation
- Speed of scalability
These as well as the functionality of Azure simply can’t be matched by on-premises or even other cloud providers.
2. Agility with Azure
Businesses using Azure can develop, test, feedback and retry when developing their applications. This means that they can explore new avenues and new technologies.
More importantly they have the ability try features and decide if it’s not for them, without expensive outlay or setting up complex infrastructure . With innovation being essential to all business, this has a huge impact.
This type of agility isn’t just valuable in terms of getting things done, but it means that teams can do a lot more, grow quicker and fail faster.
3. Azure’s global reach
For a business to have their services running in data-centres globally, with great ease is not only helpful, but essential.
For our clients who need the power to modify the global footprint of their application dynamically as performance and utilisation changes – this is one of the biggest Azure benefits.
From a user’s perspective, they are always getting a great experience and aren’t dependant on location.
Want more details? Here’s a map of the various Azure regions.
4. Fully integrated development environment into Azure
Another plus of Azure services is Visual Studio – the world’s leading development environment and the tools to build Azure solutions are baked straight in.
This is a real game-changing advantage to developers, and demonstrates Microsoft Azure’s business focus.
- See IoT has been integrated with Microsoft Azure to collate, visualise, interpret and act of health data that is taken from smart watches.
- There are many organisations that rely on Excel to perform busy critical processes. With that in mind we were able to build an engine that utilises the scalability of Azure and increase capability.
5. Azure has a fully integrated delivery pipeline
Once you start comparing Azure benefits from an enterprise perspective you realise that there are many elements beyond mere storage.
From an architecture perspective, you really need a unified delivery pipeline – here’s Azures:
- Source control
- Unit testing
- Integration testing
- Go live tools
While the argument can be made that assigning specific workloads to different environments can at times be advantageous. There is great continuity and reduces risk of integration failure when all tools are available under one umbrella.
It means that in the case of product updates or any other changes, Azure can guarantee [to a high degree] that their pipeline is designed according – which creates a compelling business case.
6. Disaster recovery in Azure
With data being transferred globally, it is important for providers to have in-built fail-over and disaster recovery capabilities.
Azure covers this in spades.
They have regional and global fail-over options, hot and cold standby models as well as rolling reboot capabilities that work out of the box. These capabilities put them far beyond the, plain-old storage option.
While this may not be something that is a daily issue to a business, it is definitely something that you can confidently know is happening in the background.
7. Flexible expenditure as an Azure benefit
With Azure, they can spend more to get more; if they want it done faster or with more volume, they can use Azure to put more resources to work.
This means that no matter whether it be seasonality, or whatever change in need, there is no restructure of infrastructure needed.
8. Microsoft Azure security
The security in Azure enables secure and seamless logon for their users – business to business or for individuals.
Their customers can use familiar accounts such as Facebook or LinkedIn to login to services. Not storing user credentials means they’re less likely to be hacked.
We understand that passwords are an ever problematic issue for organisation, especially to users with high data privileges. Azure Single Sign-on helps eliminate a great deal of that.
Further reading: Read about Microsoft’s biggest Enterprise feature, VNET peering.
9. Azure is compliant
All the organisations currently benefiting from Azure can rely on Microsoft having done the heavy lifting when it comes to compliance.
With certain industries like finance coming under more pressure than ever before, this will enable great resource reallocation.
More details: read about Microsoft’s trust centre
10. Azure can be deployed anywhere
Now, that’s exciting!
More details: see the technical preview 2.
Summary: which Microsoft Azure business benefits are the best?
If you can afford to ignore the 10 Microsoft Azure business benefits above, then good for you. Otherwise, here they are:
- Azure is fast
- Agility with Azure
- Azure’s global reach
- Development environment into Azure
- Azure’s delivery pipeline
- Disaster recovery in Azure
- Flexible expenditure as an Azure benefit
- Microsoft Azure security
- Azure is compliant
- Azure can be deployed anywhere
However, if you really want to see the power it can give to your organisation, and the impacts that means, you should really access your Cloud options. A great way to start is with our cloud service providers simple guide.
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