images-1For years, we heard talk of the infamous “Cloud” and how it will cut costs right at implementation. “It has significantly cut upfront capital investments, initial consulting and on-going personnel costs for the vast majority of solutions.” But cutting initial costs isn’t the only benefit the cloud has. Nucleus Research has done more ROI case studies than any other research company, and they see even more value than reducing implementation costs. And each case study has shown the cloud’s cost advantage has made it highly desired. So desired, in fact, that being modern and different by choosing the cloud is not really considered different. Instead, it has become the status quo to have enterprise applications that are cloud-based. “Instead of touting cost savings when evaluating a cloud app, businesses must now justify a higher cost when considering an on-premise solution.”

In 2016, Nucleus found that customers will be increasing spending on analytics by 36%. “As customers search for new solutions, it is important that they take note of the benefits the clod provides because it addresses pain points specific to analytics usage.” In comparison to an on-premise deployment, cloud analytics  delivers “2.3 times more Return on Investment.”  The initial cost savings are exciting, and a main point of focus when we talk about switching to the cloud, but there are even more advantages. For example, the upgrade cycle. Many on-premise upgrades require spending more money, and tons more work. But a cloud-based solution upgrade is simple and inexpensive to change.

Nucleus believes the biggest advantage the cloud has to offer is integration. “Streamlined cloud applications are much easier to integrate, delivering on the promises of Big Data.” Their study found that 86% of analytics users are unhappy with data preparation capabilities, and 92% desire to add additional data sources. “Cloud analytics solutions often have more pre-built connectors that allow users to pull from more data sources more quickly. Many new cloud applications are able to more easily integrate even disparate data streams for a more comprehensive analytics solutions that can provide better insight with a full view of the business.”

This integration gives organizations access to an unlimited amount of information and delivers efficiency, which makes them more powerful as a whole. “Plus analytics is increasingly being integrated with strategic business applications. That has a bottom-line effect on ROI. Better yet, integration itself cuts costs significantly.” The cloud provides an easier path. With the many options that are now available for integration with cloud analytics and other applications, ROI will continue to improve. Initial costs are low, but you can focus on even more value of the cloud for the future.

 

Original article appeared at nucleusresearch.com.