When it comes to subscription services, most of us only want to pay for what we use. Until only recently, however, this level of service was only a dream. But the flexible consumption model is quickly changing this dynamic.
Under a flexible consumption model, customers can easily scale up or back the level of services they receive. Improvements in data processing technology have allowed companies in a wide range of industries to adopt the model and offer their customers a level of autonomy that was previously unthinkable.
Even cloud hosting companies now provide their customers with the option to add or remove capacity, depending on their needs. But what exactly is a flexible consumption model and why should your business care?
First, let’s discuss what a flexible consumption model is and how it works.
Empowering the Customer
Up until the last few years, your options as a subscriber to any number of services were relatively limited.
For example, think of a traditional cable television plan. You typically had a small number of plans to choose from. Each of the plans likely contained a specific set of channels. Regardless of whether you wanted certain channels or not, you had to pay for all of them if you wanted to purchase the plan.
While cable companies have not moved away from this model, other industries have done so. Instead of requiring consumers to pay for all components of a package, some companies now allow customers to pick and choose based on their specific needs.
You can probably imagine just how attractive such a model would be for businesses—particularly among those opt to have software hosted on a private or public cloudt. Many business owners aspire to grow their company over time. Under a flexible model, your business doesn’t need to sacrifice its technological capabilities as it grows.
Here are a few ways flexible cloud hosting can help your business.
- You’ll Save Money Over Time
Previously, cloud capacity could be counted as a fixed cost for a business. You purchased a certain number of licenses based on your employee headcount and paid a commensurate amount. Little could be done to reduce spending aside from downgrading your plan.
Now, that’s no longer the case. Cloud hosting capacity can now be viewed as a variable cost, in which your company can easily upgrade or limit capacity, depending on the need at any given time.
Unsurprisingly, this flexibility will ultimately save your company money over the long run since there are fewer sunk costs on unused licenses.
- You’ll Help Minimize Operational Concerns
Major changes at a company almost always result in a productivity drop. Managers and employees become distracted by unfamiliar conditions, which can lead to less getting done than usual.
We’ve talked before about how downtime can slow any business to a halt. In the past, the need for additional computing capacity often served as a major source of downtime. Your company would need to purchase a new server and make sure every device was connected to the system.
Flexible consumption is quickly ending this slog. Upgrading computing capacity no longer entails a prolonged unproductive period of time at your business. In a matter of hours, your company will be back on its feet and equipped with the computing power needed to tackle projects of any size.
- You’ll Preserve Your IT Team’s Schedule
This isn’t the first time we’ve tried to emphasize the importance of protecting the schedules of your IT team and it definitely won’t be the last.
In addition to all of the downtime the installation of a physical server system once caused, it also led to your IT team largely being out of commission for an extended period of time. The potential issues this could cause are fairly obvious.
First and foremost, it could lead to a breakdown in network security. The number of threats out there are endless and it’s incumbent upon your IT team to constantly monitor them. But even on a more basic level, an employee being unable to access their files could lead to the loss of a client, or even worse.
A flexible plan avoids this by placing the capacity upgrade process in the hands of the cloud host. Your IT team can instead focus their energy on improving your business’ technological capabilities and remaining vigilant about emerging threats.
At Timac Business Systems, we offer cloud hosting services capable of scaling with your business. We’re here to develop a solution built for the needs of your business now and into the future.
Contact us today for a free consultation!