Adopting new innovations in technology—like the cloud—can often feel like a leap of faith. Even after consuming encouraging articles, informative whitepapers, and sharp marketing, you may still be left scratching your head over whether or not moving to the cloud is the right move to make.
The truth is, you already know a lot about what the cloud can offer—you know it’s changing the way businesses function all across the globe. And yes, in theory, its benefits are enticing for anyone. But what is theory without results?
Fortunately, you don’t have to take our word for how great the cloud is.
Here are four real-world examples of businesses that have thrived using cloud computing
And whether you find these success stories to be reassuring or simply interesting, they’re proof enough that cloud computing service models are the real deal.
Example 1: Brookdale University Medical Center Expanded Its Healthcare Services Through Consolidation
With 530 beds, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and a full range of leading-edge medical services, Brookdale University Medical Center is one of Brooklyn’s largest non-profit hospitals.
Like a majority of healthcare providers, Brookdale decided to move away from on-premises data centers and deploy an electronic health records (EHR) system to help doctors provide a better, deeper level of patient care. In fact, today, more than 83% of the healthcare industry is using the cloud to streamline access to patient data, decrease data storage costs, and enhance the security of sensitive patient information.
The most immediate benefit of the cloud migration was a physical one. Having previously stored their data center right next to a high-volume Level 1 Trauma Center, removing the physical hardware altogether meant they could reclaim critical floor space and make room for more beds in the ER.
Other benefits weren’t quite as obvious, but still promised to make a huge and long term impact. A cloud-first strategy helped Brookdale make sense of the reams of patient data that previously sat in filing cabinets.
Now, thanks to the cloud, they can analyze that data from a bird’s-eye-view, turning it into useful information that could lead to better, more accurate diagnoses.
Example 2: Knape & Vogt Saves $2 Million in Costs With Reduced Resources By Moving to the Cloud
For manufacturing leader Knape & Vogt, keeping their 100-year-old competitive edge sharp amid a rapidly-changing economy meant it was time to undergo some significant changes of their own.
Known for being traditional and siloed, Knape & Vogt needed a better way to streamline operations across the entire enterprise—starting with their on-premises data center.
Chief Financial Officer Rick McQuigg knew that meant finding a way to swiftly navigate business challenges and enable a higher level of service than ever before—all while cutting costs.
“Our strategic partnership with Velocity has saved us the equivalent of 16 full-time IT hires or $2.0 million.*
– Rick McQuigg, CFO, Knape & Vogt
Their solution? To seamlessly integrate daily operations and minimize hardware investments by moving their applications to the cloud. Knape & Vogt partnered with Velocity to execute the migration.
And in the first year alone, they logged a savings of $300,000. This helped them fuel an ambitious acquisition plan and renewed their focus on core competencies.
Since then, the company has saved more than $2 million on an annual basis (that’s the equivalent of 16 full-time IT hires), which helped Knape & Vogt both strategically grow and fund major internal improvements to jumpstart a significant company transformation.
Example 3: TruGreen Improved Customer Satisfaction and Gained 4x Better Performance
TruGreen is one of the largest lawn care brands in the United States, with an expansive team, branches across the country, multiple lines of business, and 2.3 million customers.
But with a 15-year-old, unsupported legacy application environment running their operations, TruGreen had hit a roadblock with what their technology could—and couldn’t—do. This created disjointed ERP processes, which prevented TruGreen from streamlining their many lines of business and over 13,000 employees.
To better support and power their diverse business and workforce, TruGreen needed a modern, agile ERP solution. That’s why they tapped Velocity to upgrade and move their legacy infrastructure to the cloud.
Moving their operations to the cloud allowed TruGreen to deliver critical new functionality and innovation while streamlining processes. Today, for example, TruGreen can pull additional applications and features into its ERP environment as needed almost instantly, rather than manually building workarounds.
The cloud also helped TruGreen realize immediate cost and user benefits. With their cloud migration, the company’s users are seeing a 0.09 second average user response time per use interaction. For context, a good user response time usually hovers around 0.25 to 0.40 seconds.
This led to an immediate total cost of ownership benefit, too: One month into its deployment, TruGreen was already cash flow positive, with 30%-40% lower costs across the board.
Example 4: EIS Saved Money (20%), Time (96%) and Resources Migrating an On-Premises Data Center to the Cloud
As a high-volume, North American distributor of materials, supplies and specialty parts for motor repair and assembly companies, rapid growth at EIS came with challenges.
EIS needed an IT solution that was flexible, so their technology could grow and evolve right alongside the business. But their current on-premises operating system was nearing end-of-life, making it impossible to take advantage of the new technologies they needed to keep up with their high growth. They struggled to find skilled resources to even keep their outdated software up and running.
To stay aligned with growing business requirements, EIS decided to find a cloud services provider who could help automate their software, eliminate on-premises data center operations, create opportunity for additional business agility, and, ultimately, reduce their total cost of ownership.
EIS worked with Velocity to plan, design, and execute their cloud migration, and six months later, the entire process was completed. And what EIS ultimately gained were invaluable improvements across their entire operations.
For example, a billing report that used to take 25 minutes to run now takes one minute—a time savings of 96%. With this report running four times daily, EIS now saves an hour a day to reinvest in other business critical tasks.
EIS’ move to the cloud helped them realize cost savings, too. By ditching their outdated operating systems, they eliminated the need for costly IT resources and hardware. This helped EIS save as much as 20% in infrastructure costs.
You’ve heard the benefits firsthand, so what's stopping you?
Here’s how you can overcome migration’s biggest challenges—so you can start reaping the rewards of the cloud faster.