Every technology solution has dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, of different apps, websites, and tools to get the job done. And if you are looking to carry your credit union’s offerings into the future, you and your staff are likely on a constant search for ways to upgrade your credit union technology solutions. Take cloud-based data solutions, for example.
Many people have a personal cloud where they store information and photos from their own personal smart devices. But wait there’s more – we often have many different cloud and onsite applications for work, family, side businesses, and random collaborative projects.
As credit union leaders, you are always trying to push for helpful, streamlined technology solutions. And one of the best ways to declutter your tech presence in the workplace is cloud consolidation.
The Importance of Cloud Consolidation
More than 88% of respondents in an O’Reilly study use the cloud in one way or another. And about 25% also said their companies planned to move “all of their applications to a cloud context in the next year.”
Currently, remote work is becoming a dominant force in workplace culture. And that is a perfect reason to consolidate all onsite applications to the cloud. Creating a central resource for all applications allows you and your credit union employees to remain adaptable. Whether they are working from their office, their home, a separate branch, or their preferred remote location like a café or library, cloud consolidation means they won’t lose focus or productivity trying to search for resources that aren’t accessible offsite or on their non-native computer.
Cloud Consolidation Boosts Tech Effectiveness
Along with convenience, cloud consolidation also increases cloud effectiveness. Now that we are winding down from the fervor of 2020, it’s time to look at those hastily-implemented cloud procedures to see which areas can be cleaned up to create a streamlined experience.
Here is a quick look at some reasons why cloud consolidation boosts technology effectiveness:
- Ease of use – loud services are becoming more and more user-friendly
- Cost efficiency – cloud services are almost always less expensive than legacy services
- Increased productivity – as ease-of-use continues to be a top priority for cloud services, this allows credit union staff, from CEO to tellers, the ability to do better work faster.
Create Room for Expansion
The adaptability and scalability of a consolidated cloud system mean you can use it for the long haul.
This means whether you need room for multiple teams, branches, or credit union-specific focus areas, many cloud services are customizable by offering tiered services. This means your cloud service can be tailored for right-sizing and expansion in a short amount of time.
The Focus on Consolidation Means Built-In IaaS
Cloud services are no longer used for simply storing data. You can host video meetings, support team chats, and file sharing. Many even allow for seamless integration of third-party apps.
In the cloud computing world, small and singularly-focused service providers are beaten out by their IaaS-driven competitors. But why is this good news for your credit union?
By consolidating all your systems to cloud platforms, you are not only creating solutions to common problems, but you are keeping all the integrations and functions of your bulky onsite systems with none of the bulk.
Cloud consolidation is a popular trend that ramped up in 2020 and looks to be headed for more big moves in 2021.
IMS Has the Private Cloud Services Your CU Needs
Cloud services that are IaaS-focused and customization-driven are great solutions for your credit union.
IMS’s Private Cloud Services Include:
- The premiere backup solution for credit unions
- Enterprise-grade Infrastructure-as-a-Service
- Disaster recovery solution that provides immediate access to your data, connectivity to your third-party vendors, and branch communications
- Core Hosting
- Complete virtual workspace, delivering desktops and hosted apps
- Colocation services to make sure your data is always available
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