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Should Your Company Switch to the Cloud?

Posted by James Lusk on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

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To Cloud or not to Cloud? As ‘The Cloud’ has become one of the biggest buzzwords of the past few years, many companies are asking themselves if it’s time to switch from their current software solutions (or lack thereof) to cloud computing.

 Research from International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that worldwide spending on cloud services could double from almost $70 billion in 2015 to over $141 billion in 2019. A different study from SearchCIO indicates that 73% of organizations planned to deploy cloud services by the end of 2015 and the rest plan for the end of 2017. Why are so many organizations switching to the cloud? 

We’ve put together a few reasons why the cloud is a big deal:

 Simplicity & Flexibility.

The dramatic ease of implementation is a strong reason for adopting cloud services. For large organizations, installing and going live with new on-premise software can take years. With cloud software, it takes significantly less time to get started, sometimes a matter of weeks. Often times, an organization’s circumstances change and priorities, resources and budgets can shift, which stalls traditional time-intensive IT projects. However, cloud software can easily adapt as your organization changes and grows.

With Odyssey, there is no software to install, manage or maintain. There are also no updates to purchase, disks to load, or internal IT specialists needed.  The platform creates a compliant, transparent and repeatable process while eliminating the logistical underground.  This ensures that the DoD process is standardized and simple for you.

Level The Playing Field.

Moving to the cloud gives everyone access to enterprise-class technology, whether you are a large company or small business. The cloud allows smaller businesses to act just as fast as or even faster than big, established competitors, while remaining lean and nimble.

Cloud software even levels the playing field for large companies. Large organizations that have employees working in multiple locations can communicate and work together in real-time.

By harnessing the most dynamic software available through the cloud, Odyssey’s dashboard levels the playing field for all organizations and users. Odyssey’s cloud-based services ensure DoD commerce and compliance is managed in real-time, with full mobility, and no forced overhead or additional IT management or support.

Increased Collaboration.

Speaking of Odyssey’s dashboard, cloud computing enables employees situated in various locations to collaborate easily.  Being able to view and edit documents in real-time alongside colleagues in different physical locations leads to increased productivity and higher quality work. By providing simultaneous syncing, working and sharing documents and records in real time, cloud computing helps increase the collaboration and efficiency of your employees.

For example, with Odyssey’s software, your shipping and logistics, contract, sales and accounting departments can all work together in real-time to complete DoD commerce. There’s no redundant data entry, no back and forth handing off of documentation and no opportunity for error.

Reliability & Consistency.

One of the main complaints we hear from business owners who are considering switching to Odyssey is that they want to focus on the work that really matters. They are too distracted by the inconsistencies and headaches of multiple tools and manual processes. With a cloud-based software, everything is automated and streamlined to help you finally leave those headaches behind.

In the world of Department of Defense commerce, many companies don’t have software and rely on manual data-entry government websites. As you can imagine, manually entering the same data multiple times into unrelated websites can take a substantial amount of time and effort. With Odyssey’s software, companies don’t need to enter or manage any RFID or UID code data. The cloud platform takes care of everything. Our partners have transformed their DoD commerce by streamlining the entire work-flow process into a review environment, rather than relying on manual data entry. This ensures reliable shipments through a consistent and simple process.

Up-To-Date Results.

With the cloud, your organization will always have up-to-date software. You won’t have to worry about upgrading software each time a new version is released. Cloud software automatically updates without you having to think about it.  

In addition, your organization will always have access to up-to-date analytics and results. Because everything takes place and can be viewed in real-time, cloud-based platforms provide insights that you might have missed otherwise. And, in today’s world, businesses are expected to provide these insights on how to improve processes and everyday functions for their clients.

Odyssey offers a myriad of reports notifying management of transaction status, completed work, expected revenue, market analysis, competition survey and wins and losses. In addition, we work closely with the DoD to implement and distribute all upcoming DoD compliance changes throughout the cloud. Your organization will always be up-to-date with DoD requirements.

Have we convinced you yet? It’s time to switch to the cloud! Learn more about how we can help you here.

 

Topics: cloud, cloud computing, department of defense, DoD, DoD approved software