Digital Transformation is an all-pervasive tech buzzword of the decade—enterprises are into it; governments are into it; even non-profits are into it. But digital transformation isn’t just a bunch of IT projects: it is an entirely new way of life for an organisation and its customers, vendors, and employees. From interactions to processes to production, distribution, and customer service—nothing is left untouched. Done well, digital transformation can deliver superior efficiencies and enhanced customer experience, while also creating strong competitive advantages.
But there can be no digital transformation without Cloud Computing.
How does cloud computing enable enterprise digital transformation?
Cloud computing provides the technology platform on which the entire edifice of enterprise digital transformation is built. Migrating the business to the cloud is the most crucial aspect of successful digital transformation.
The cloud offers a neat way to package away desktop apps to remote servers. So, employees can work remotely, vendors can take orders from anywhere, and enterprises can serve their customers everywhere.
Increased interconnections can generate massive amounts of data. Enterprises can analyse this data to derive insights that can boost innovation and build competitive edge.
Cloud computing also offers other fundamental advantages: best-in-class technologies, outsourced disaster recovery, zero maintenance costs, robust document control, enhanced flexibility, and strong data security. Each of these benefits is a key element in the digital transformation journey of an organisation.
The regional public cloud advantage
But what kind of cloud computing service provider should enterprises choose? Global providers like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform dominate the public cloud market. But regional public cloud providers like Yotta, a leading datacenter in India, offer significant benefits over them.
- With in-country servers, regional public cloud providers help enterprises comply with national data localisation, protection, and residency laws. Moreover, using distributed cloud computing, enterprises can spread their workloads between local and global providers, so that critical, law-mandated data remains on a regional public cloud, and the non-critical data on an international public cloud. This way, they can not only comply with local laws, but they can also take benefit of cheaper and faster alternatives.
- Low latency data transfer of regional servers helps apps run faster and sites download quicker, boosting employee productivity and customer user experience.
- Regional public clouds provide cutting-edge technology stacks to their customers, that too with low latency and local pricing. This quick and inexpensive access to latest tech encourages enterprises to experiment more, leading to innovative product and service offerings.
- Local cloud vendors bill in local currency, helping enterprises avoid forex shocks.
- Because of their geographical proximity, regional public clouds are more willing to customise the digital transformation journey of their enterprise clients. Local service providers can deliver quick and personalised services and full-fledged tech support when and where their clients need it. They can offer limitless options for stacking technologies and customising price plans because their scale allows them greater flexibility in designing service offerings.
- The collaborative and remote-working benefits of cloud computing are not lost on governments around the world. Mission-critical information can be moved seamlessly across the nation, improving logistics and utilisation of tax dollars. Nevertheless, every government wishes to exercise data sovereignty over its operational information, especially when comes to its defence forces. Domestic cloud services provide the security, speed, and control that governments and defence forces seek. So, due to strategic reasons, governments prefer the stronger opportunities presented by local cloud companies over foreign ones.
All these benefits lead up to a strong business case for why enterprises should choose local service providers for their cloud computing needs.