There are still people out there that assume it’s risky to move to the cloud. Usually, this is more a feeling than a logical assessment. Letting go of control can be a difficult thing, especially if letting go means entrusting your business-critical data and processes to an off-premise entity. 

However, when you think about it, moving to the cloud actually decreases risks rather than increasing it. Moving to the cloud means a more reliable, cheaper and more flexible system.

More reliable in that your systems are hosted on state-of-the art equipment, with at least 99,5% uptime guaranteed. Can your local system administrator give you that with a local server?

Cheaper because you really don’t need said local system administrator anymore. You share hardware, meaning you don’t have to shell out for hardware and infrastructure, and the people to keep them running.

Flexible because you can easily scale your systems up or down. Don’t need the capacity? Scale it down for a month or two. Have a large project: scale it up, temporarily. 

The bottom line: you can easily scale up or down but pay for what you need when you need it.