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What 100% Cloud and Mobile Really Means

Today's workplace is flexible, collaborative, and dynamic –allowing anyone to work anywhere, anytime. Employees are working remotely on their own devices, often on insecure networks, accessing sensitive data through new and potentially unsanctioned applications.  These are just some of the challenges facing modern organizations as they scale for success in a quickly changing global economy. A 100% cloud and mobile strategy allows companies to remain competitive and empowers greater productivity amongst their internal and external teams–all while decreasing costs and increasing security. Those attributes, in turn, extend to better customer service and experience.

  • Published: 01-05-2022

  • Related Category: Training

  • Type of Content: Reports

  • Owner: Okta


Introduction

A 100% cloud and mobile strategy allows companies to remain competitive and empowers greater productivity amongst their internal and external teams–all while decreasing costs and increasing security. Those attributes, in turn, extend to better customer service and experience.

An effective cloud-first approach shifts the IT team’s role from software installation, server set-up, and patching– mundane, back-office tasks–to strategic advisors and business enablers driving the company’s success.

Forward-thinking IT leaders know this, and we’re seeing more and more organizations adopt this mindset. But what does a 100% cloud and mobile organization really look like? It begins with a philosophy–a shift in the way IT teams think about openness, security, and employee trust–focused around seven core pillars.

Seven pillars of a 100% cloud and mobile organization

These seven pillars are the core attributes of being cloud- and mobile-first. They serve as vital, interlinking nodes that alone promote efficiency and progress, and together produce cloud-first transformation.

1. SaaS

Okta’s 2018 Businesses @ Work Report1 shows that organizations are investing more heavily in SaaS apps than ever before–in all regions and industries, and in companies of all sizes. From 2015-2017, the median number of apps per Okta customer grew 24%.

Instead of running apps themselves, IT teams in 100% cloud and mobile organizations offload that responsibility to best-of-breed cloud apps, such as Box, Office 365, and Slack. Cloud apps have inherently higher availability, better user experiences, are cheaper to maintain, and offer greater flexibility. Companies running legacy software can now comfortably move to the cloud, adopting newer protocols like SAML 2.0 or OpenID Connect in the process.

SaaS is also more secure than on-premises infrastructure. According to Alert Logic’s 2017 Cloud Security Report2 , on-prem environments experience 51% more security incidents than their cloud-based counterparts. And, with cloud identity providers offering built-in SaaS integrations (with thousands of options), companies can securely connect their teams to the tools they need in minutes.

The fear of transitioning from legacy apps to cloud apps is unfounded. Cloud-first organizations leverage their access to vast libraries of SaaS applications for dynamic and scalable choice.

2. Distributed IT

Because SaaS apps have such an easy deployment model, the discovery and adoption of new apps in a cloud- and mobile-first organization is shared across the IT team and the departments who use them. This frees IT from acting as the gatekeeper of app adoption and empowers BUs to find and use the tools that make them most effective in the shortest time frame.

IT remains in an advisory role to ensure security standards, but each department can efficiently deploy the suite of SaaS tools it needs.

3. Distributed workforce

According to IDC’s CloudView Survey 3 , 40% of today’s companies want to transition to a cloud-first strategy within the next 12 months because it affords them greater flexibility.

When companies are 100% cloud and mobile, they break down traditional office walls. They’re agnostic to where their employees work. IT provides the right tools to the right people and access at the right time–even if it’s beyond the firewall.

This also facilitates more productivity with outside contractors and global partners, particularly ones who require access to sensitive internal applications from unknown devices and insecure networks. A cloud- and mobile-first strategy gives all users secure access to internal resources without needing to jump through cumbersome hoops like firewalls and VPNs.

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