COVID-19 increased the need for cloud-based enterprise operations, and this trend is here to stay. No-code can help you make the most of the cloud.
The COVID-19 pandemic slowed just about everything down, but not the demand for cloud services. In fact, even as enterprises across the globe were scaling back and re-evaluating what they really need to succeed, cloud adoption spiked. During the first quarter of 2020 and despite the overall economic downturn, cloud spending rose 37% to a staggering $29 billion. In April 2020, just a few months into the pandemic, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella noted that his organization saw two years’ worth of digital transformation take place within two months as more customers started adopting cloud-based solutions.
The transition to cloud-based operations during the pandemic makes a lot of sense. With more people accessing critical services online, it’s essential for businesses to have the flexible computing power, high availability, and business agility offered by the cloud. But is cloud adoption a passing trend that will fall away as masks come off and we return to in-person lifestyles? Recent statistics indicate the answer is no—in fact, Gartner predicts worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow 18.4% to $304.9 billion in 2021.
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Here’s why the top enterprises are continuing cloud-based operations in 2021 and beyond, even as the pandemic winds down.
The benefits of cloud computing post-COVID
The number one reason why enterprises should continue using cloud-based operations in a post-pandemic era is that COVID has fundamentally redefined nearly everything we do. Many of the conditions that inspired a shift to cloud adoption in the first place are still very much present in our post-COVID lives.
Take remote work as an example. Although working from home might have begun as a stop-gap measure to tide employees over until lockdowns were lifted, it quickly became the new normal. According to a FlexJobs survey, 58% of respondents would look for a new job if their current job wouldn’t let them continue working remotely. 65% want to work remotely full-time post-pandemic, as opposed to the mere 2% who want to return to the office.
Gartner predicts worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow 18.4% to $304.9 billion in 2021.
Cloud computing made it possible for employees to work from home, which enabled enterprises to stay afloat during the height of the pandemic. Now, working remotely is a popular and even preferred way of life. As the responses to COVID-19 continue to change in unpredictable ways, cloud computing will help enterprises navigate the pandemic’s prolonged effects.
By keeping operations cloud-based after the pandemic has ended, you'll be able to do more than maintain the status quo of your enterprise. You can also:
Scale effortlessly. By building your web applications on a cloud-based infrastructure, you can easily pull in more integrations and add more capabilities without straining resources. Your enterprise’s resources are also constantly available in the cloud, so you can quickly respond to demand spikes.
Explore more business opportunities. From e-learning to telemedicine to virtual retail experiences, we’re moving into a post-pandemic era filled with different types of digital-focused opportunities. An enterprise with cloud-based operations can easily adapt to meet these shifting trends in healthcare, customer service, and beyond.
Increase security. On an enterprise-grade cloud platform, you’ll be able to trust that your resources and your clients’ data are well-protected. The best platforms come fully equipped with built-in security and compliance features to safeguard web applications. With Unqork, vulnerability scanning and patching are taken care of for you.
Future-proof your enterprise. If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it’s to expect the unexpected. By keeping operations permanently in the cloud, you’ll be able to react quickly to unforeseen circumstances while reducing downtime. Your enterprise will be ready for any shifting business trends the post-pandemic era brings.
Pairing no-code with the cloud
Unqork’s no-code platform combines the simplicity and sophistication of no-code with the power of the cloud. In a post-pandemic era, speed is key—the enterprises that thrive will be the ones that can respond to change the fastest. Reusable microservices, pre-built integrations, visual interfaces, and drag-and-drop components on the Unqork platform make the development process three times faster, enabling you to get to market before the competition.
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If you’re worried about the security of the cloud, don’t be! Unqork takes care of all the backend security for you, letting you create with confidence. Our platform leverages enterprise-grade encryption, which keeps your application’s data safe both in transit and at rest. Unqork is also SOC 2 Type II compliant, Privacy Shield certified with a 99% pass rate, and boasts a Level 5 Veracode rating and 100% penetration test pass rate.
Every web application you build on Unqork is housed on our secure, high-availability, cloud-native architecture on Kubernetes and MongoDB. This elastic architecture scales infinitely and automatically to help you meet shifting demands with zero downtime. Not only can Unqork’s no-code capabilities optimize your applications and operations, but it also helps them remain and grow in the cloud so you can keep looking forward to the future.