And how it can provide long term
sustainability for the future.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is already having an impact on all businesses. At Coyote Creek, we are feeling the first effects of the virus’ impact with the cancellation of the upcoming Atlassian Summit in Las Vegas, that was scheduled for March 31-April 1, 2020. Thankfully the event will now be a free virtual summit.
But along with the cancellation of most in-person events, many companies could be facing mass staffing shortage as staff members become sick and begin to miss work. So the questions we must ask ourselves as business owners are:
- How can we prepare, in the short term, for the potential impact of COVID-19?
- What can we do to ensure sustainability during future periods of uncertainty?
At Coyote Creek, we are preparing by advising all staff to work remotely from home through the end of March 2020, however much of our staff is already remote so there is no change for them. There are many other tech companies making similar arrangements in response to COVID-19.
We also have redundancy built into all of our workflows and processes, as well as a comprehensive contingency plan, so that our ability to service our customers will continue without interruption.
At Coyote Creek, as IT consultants and Atlassian Platinum Solutions Partners, we frequently praise the benefits of hosting in the Cloud through Atlassian, or with a third-party like Amazon Web Services or Azure.
But now, more than ever, we believe that adopting cloud services to deploy your Atlassian products is the best way to ensure long term sustainability for your business in the face of uncertainty. Read on to find out why.
Cloud Computing Allows You To Work Remotely
The first and most obvious reason you should consider migrating to the cloud with urgency is that it can support remote work. Employees can access your infrastructure and continue to do their work remotely from home, during a viral outbreak or any other similar scenario.
However, this feature isn’t just valuable in the short term. A full, or even partial shift to remote work can have long term benefits for your organization. Just a few of the benefits include:
- Employee cost savings on overhead expenses associated with a full-time, on-site staff.
- Improved employee morale due to better work/life balance.
- Access to a wider pool of talent when hiring remote workers.
Cloud Computing Amounts to Long Term, Overall Cost Savings
As business owners, during times of uncertainty, we consider how to reduce our bottom line so that we can stay financially buoyant in the face of a crisis.
In conjunction with the cost savings you can expect when employing remote workers versus full-time, on-site workers, there are also cost savings associated with cloud computing over on-site server management. Some of those cost savings include:
- Costs for the space used to store your server hardware.
- Utility costs for keeping the hardware air-conditioned.
- Costs for keeping your servers maintained.
- Costs required to staff experts to support your on-site servers.
Cloud Computing Provides Secure Access to Remote Workers
Many companies are resistant to remote work because of the perceived security risk associated in accessing a companies database remotely. If that’s your hesitation, you’ll be happy to know that each of the cloud computing providers we referenced above, including Atlassian Cloud, enable your team to work remotely with secure access to your database through rigorous security protocols.
Atlassian Cloud, for example, provides organization-wide protection through SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language), SSO (Single Sign On), enforced 2FA (two-factor authentication), and SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management).
Cloud Computing Can Be Implemented Quickly
During this high-alert period, we know that businesses are looking for quick solutions that they can implement immediately to prepare for a potential impact. Again, each of the cloud providers we mentioned earlier (Atlassian, AWS, and Azure) offer quick start implementations to get you up and running quickly and efficiently with little to no downtime for your business.
By now, you can see why so many companies are adopting cloud computing solutions, particularly during this period of heightened awareness due to COVID-19. And while the cloud offers a reliable solution in the short term, it’s long term benefits for the sustainability of your organization are unrivaled.
With a cloud solution, you can set your staff up to work remotely and gain peace of mind knowing that those remote workers are accessing your database securely. You can also save on costs associated with on-site staffing and hardware storage, and implement a cloud solution quickly during a time-sensitive scenario.
We are equipped to handle Atlassian Projects, cloud migrations as well as Atlassian Data Center deployments via AWS and Azure. It’s our core competency. We would be happy to help your organization plan a seamless migration to the cloud and optimize your infrastructure through our cloud managed services, once you’re up and running.
Please reach out if we can be of assistance during this time.