The Truth About Migrating to a Cloud-Based Platform

Debunking the myths around cloud-based platforms.

The benefits of switching to a cloud-based platform are clear, but many IT professionals are concerned about the perceived risks of the Cloud. In this article, learn what these myths are, and find out which are real and which are fake.

Many business leaders, and the IT teams that support them, have realized the need for digital transformation. It’s unsurprising that along that digital transformation path, IT teams are evaluating the hidden—and sometimes major—costs of continuing to support various solutions with on-premises infrastructure. Initial setup and ongoing maintenance costs are sometimes hidden across other IT spend categories—along with the costs of the facility they are housed in.

None of this is new information—but given the challenges of supporting an on-premises installation, there are plenty of reasons to look for a better solution. For many businesses, that better solution is the Cloud. However, the perceived risks of moving to a cloud-based digital signage system still give some IT leaders pause. Adding to that, there are a few myths that delay businesses from realizing the value of a modern, cloud-based digital signage platform. Let’s get specific on what some of these myths are and get clear on what is real and what isn’t.

Myth #1: Cloud-based platforms present more of a security risk for my company.

False – FWI puts security and compliance at the forefront of everything we do. FWI’s Security, Cloud Operations, and Development teams work together to ensure the platform that powers digital signage networks for thousands of leading companies remains secure in a world where data breaches are becoming more commonplace. Learn more about FWI’s security posture.

Myth #2: Cloud applications are inherently insecure, and FWI Cloud is no exception.

False – FWI Cloud is our most secure platform, having been built using the ISO 27001 security framework, audited using the SOC2 reporting framework since 2018, and is GDPR compliant. Additionally, we conduct regular penetration tests with some of the most security conscious organizations, support government agencies, and work with some of the most recognizable companies in the world.

Myth #3: Migrating to FWI Cloud is difficult, and I don’t have the resources to manage that kind of project.

False – While there are things that must be identified early in migration planning, we have a process that makes it as simple as possible and can even empower your team to take control of the migration. Often, our customers actually end up handling a majority of the migration because it’s so straight forward. Whether you want help, or would prefer to handle things on your own, we can help you out however you need! FWI has an entire Upgrade and Conversion team dedicated to helping our clients move their content and data to FWI Cloud. And for new clients, initial setup is included.

Myth #4: We have several automated workflows currently in place—and ongoing updates to FWI Cloud will likely break them.

False – Updates will enhance and optimize your existing workflows, especially those that are related to contributing content to your digital signs. Upgrades to non-installed applications make this process a breeze, plus deliver ongoing value by ensuring your network is always optimized.

We’ve talked about the hidden costs of your on-prem solution, and hopefully put your mind at ease on the various perceptions of Cloud. But what about your end users? What benefits do your internal users gain when you make the move to FWI Cloud?

Let’s start with your administrators—the folks that onboard users and manage your device network. FWI Cloud:

  • Provides greater flexibility and cost savings when it comes to selecting hardware for your digital screens and devices
  • Gives real-time visibility to any network issues, including automated alerts whenever a device goes into an offline status, letting your team know of any issues before a report from the field comes in
  • Applies the level of governance your teams require with user-based permissions and SSO integrations

Now let’s look at your contributors—those that create and publish content to your screen. FWI Cloud:

  • Enables teams to get up and running quickly—no onboarding or training required to publish dynamic and impactful content. Our mobile-friendly tool puts the power of enterprise digital signage management right in your pocket
  • Encourages every department to drive internal communication within their own teams, or to the rest of the organization, based on both team and business goals
  • And saving the best for last—all of your internal customers gain access to the latest and greatest features without having to undertake complicated upgrades.

Interested in learning more? Contact us!

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