When we all rang in 2000, did anyone believe that in twenty years we’d be operating our businesses without wires? Or beyond that, from virtually anywhere on earth with a supercomputer in the palm of our hands? Science fiction may not have even kept pace with advancements that the tech industry has made.
The shifts in the IT landscape have been truly amazing over the last few decades. Technology has always advanced at an amazing rate, but the changes that we have seen in the 2000s seem to be even faster than historical norms. Just about every consumer is a savvy technical user now, or at least as savvy as many of the technical experts were two decades ago. The next generation of children are growing up with smartphones and apps already built into their lexicon. Schools are leveraging modern, innovative technology and even young children are learning how to code. Without a doubt the next twenty years will see tremendous technological change – both in education and workplace.
Moving to Full Cloud
In the short-term, IT organizations continue to take steps further into becoming full cloud. The benefits of shifting to cloud infrastructure and applications are tremendous. Setting aside the factor of cost, the cloud enables organizations to do business differently. A business can leverage building block components to build the systems and processes that they need. This means that no longer does IT need to be an expert at everything. In fact, the only thing IT admins still need to be experts is in having a clear vision of what they want to accomplish and then choosing the right components and integrating them with one another.
Becoming full cloud also takes off the handcuffs that vendors such as Microsoft have put on their customers. Microsoft Windows has long been the operating system of choice, and that has driven organizations to choose back-office technology such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory®. As the end user device model changes, so too has the choice of back-office infrastructure.
The cloud will also make the world more productive. IT admins worldwide won’t be doing the same rote tasks as each other. No longer will they each be building infrastructure, installing and managing software, and delivering the applications to their customer. Many of those tasks will be provided by third parties, freeing IT admins to go work on more important and interesting tasks.
Then, there is the issue of costs. There is little doubt that cloud infrastructure and applications are a net cost saving for organizations. The model is more attractive for the customer with little up-front cash outlay. The reliable revenue stream for the provider is a benefit as well. That predictability in revenue, and the aggregation of customers, enables the provider to charge less. The cost of creating a cloud application business is also reduced with cloud infrastructure, creating more competition and choice for consumers. On top of that, cloud infrastructure providers are consolidating with massive server farms and data centers. There are tremendous economies of scale in this business, and that is driving inexpensive compute, storage, and network services. There is hardly a comparison for most organizations. Becoming full cloud is a huge economic advantage, and over time, organizations that aren’t fully leveraging the cloud will be at a competitive disadvantage in their market.
What’s the Hold Up?
The advantages of moving to the cloud are significant, so why aren’t all organizations doing it immediately? The answer lies in migrating their infrastructure. It may be easy to move a few applications and new projects for compute infrastructure. Existing infrastructure and applications are, of course, more difficult. Even if that migration process were easy, there is a significant limiter that until recently kept many organizations on-prem, or at best, as a hybrid cloud consumer. That limiter, Active Directory, has been trying to control user access across platforms and locations.
Now however, a new class of cloud-based identity management solution called Directory-as-a-Service® is changing the game. By integrating a variety of platforms, protocols, providers, and locations, Directory-as-a-Service becomes the central hub for all user management control. For cloud. For on-prem. For remote workers and offices. Across virtually any IT solution. This cloud-based infrastructure platform enables organizations to safely move to the cloud with full control. Directory-as-a-Service is replacing the shackles of Active Directory for IT organizations, and catalyzing their move to cloud-based technology.
Make the Move to the Cloud With JumpCloud
If you want to learn more about how JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service platform can help you make the complete move to the cloud, reach out to us. We would be happy to answer any questions about whether or not a centralized identity management platform is right for you. Alternatively, sign-up for a free account and check out the cloud-based directory for yourself. Your first 10 users are free forever – no credit card required.