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Safety in Numbers?

February 3, 2014
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

AP Photo/Paul Sancya

12 seconds into the big game I could have started writing today’s post about the cloud, because it was game over. The only “Rocky Mountain High” Denver fans were getting was thanks to recent legislative changes in Colorado, not anything their football team did yesterday. It was a numbing defeat for a team and a quarterback that set records for points (606), touchdowns (76), and touchdown passes (55) in 2013. Anyway, those numbers meant nothing yesterday, but these do today… In an article titled 20 cloud computing statistics every CIO should know, this stat stood out:

2014 is the first year the majority of workloads will be on the cloud as 51% will be processed in the cloud versus 49% in the traditional IT space.

Wow. That number astonished me, but we’re seeing it in our own sales data, especially for small to mid-sized customers. That segment is opting mostly for our Workforce Ready SaaS solution, while larger organizations, and those with more complex needs choose Workforce Central, with many deploying it from our private cloud. In addition, existing Workforce Central customers with on-premise systems are choosing to move to the cloud when they do a version upgrade, say, v6.2 to v.7, or when they add a complementary module like Workforce HR, Workforce Scheduler, or Workforce Analytics. Among other benefits, moving to the cloud allows our customers to focus on mastering their new applications instead of managing them.

But hey, don’t take my word for it. After all, numbers can be very deceiving.

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