Moving to the cloud has become imperative for organizations looking to modernize, become more competitive, and increase profitability. Cloud environments enable companies to achieve greater operational efficiency, streamline internal processes, secure their data, reduce costs, and keep their platforms up-to-date with the latest available technologies.

But these are not the only benefits obtained. Cloud migration is emerging, increasingly so, as a key step for companies towards sustainability. The shift of business operations to cloud environments has evolved beyond being just a technological trend; it has become a catalyst for sustainable changes.

Why? By delegating IT infrastructure to cloud service providers, companies not only optimize their operations but can also significantly reduce their carbon footprint, consequently contributing to environmental protection.

Sustainable Clouds

Eighty percent of the energy consumed on the planet is polluting, generating over 75% of total global greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 90% of carbon dioxide emissions. Experts indicate that to avoid the most harmful effects of climate change, it is necessary to reduce these emissions by almost half by 2030 and eliminate them entirely by 2050.

Companies, aware of this reality and the planet's imminent risks without urgent action, are beginning to understand that technologies offered by cloud environments can become fundamental allies in their sustainability policies.

The relocation of local servers to efficient, well-managed data centers, often powered by renewable energy, drastically reduces carbon emissions associated with maintaining physical infrastructure.

Cloud environments also ensure energy efficiency, as cloud data centers are designed to optimize energy usage, leveraging renewable sources and cooling systems.

As a result, companies experience substantial savings in energy costs and contribute to the conservation of natural resources. According to the same Accenture report, companies transitioning to the cloud achieve a 65% reduction in energy consumption.

Another advantage of cloud computing is that, by reducing the need for local hardware maintenance, electronic waste significantly decreases. The cloud also facilitates the implementation of remote work, reducing employees' daily commuting and, consequently, emissions related to their transportation.

The Green IT Era

A key aspect for organizations to carry out such a cloud migration is choosing the right provider, one with an unwavering commitment to the environment and a recognized track record in implementing sustainability solutions.

Among the companies in the market, SAP, a leader in enterprise software manufacturing for 50 years, best fulfills these requirements. Its "Move to Cloud" strategy aims to help organizations harness the benefits of cloud-based enterprise technology, including substantial carbon emissions reduction.

To achieve this, "Move to Cloud" offers its customers a wide range of cloud solutions, including business applications, databases, platform services, and development tools, all with the same goal: assisting customers in their digital transformation process, leading them to become intelligent enterprises.

The Time is Now

The trend toward cloud environments is constantly growing. According to Gartner's forecast, global spending on public cloud services will increase by 20.4% worldwide in 2024. Forrester, on the other hand, predicts market growth exceeding one billion dollars in 2026.

For companies that have not yet considered the cloud as an option, now is probably the time to do so if they wish to modernize, develop, expand, and, of course, become increasingly sustainable.

Cloud migration is not just a technological evolution to enhance business; it represents a unique opportunity for companies to play an active role in building a greener and more resilient world.

About United VARs

United VARs is a global alliance of SAP implementation partners and solution providers for the mid-market. With over 70 members in 100 countries, the alliance serves all types of SAP rollouts and integrations across the world. The organization provides businesses with local expertise ‘on the ground’ charged at local rates. All United VARs members work together as one team to provide a more personalized service than other global systems integrators can, and one that is better suited to mid-market budgets.


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