There has never been a better time to automate your business

In the past you would need to make big investments in infrastructure (hardware) and software licenses and then run big I.T. projects to deploy your expensive software to your expensive hardware. Not all projects delivered the promised results and you were left with the management of the system, with associated upgrades (hardware and software) and licensing costs.

Today you can take advantage of someone else’s infrastructure (in the Cloud) and compose enterprise-like systems from the best of breed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings out there.

Using ‘serverless’ architectures and taking advantage of offerings such as Azure Functions or AWS Lambda Functions, you connect the SaaS applications you are already using, via their APIs, to compose a larger system that handles the needs of your business (e.g. your ONTRAPORT sales and marketing automation to Xero for your accounting).

If you add Azure Logic Apps or AWS Step Functions into the mix, you can create very powerful, very visual, workflow systems that handle a large number of your business processes.

Now, as usual, the devil is always in the details and you still need to develop some code, but the requirement for large I.T. deployment projects and associated investment is gone.

Another massive benefit is the billing model. With serverless offerings you usually only pay for the time your code is actually running (this does vary by vendor, plan and features used). Most vendors offer generous free monthly limits before the charging kicks in and this makes it a very economical way to build automation systems for your business.

I am very excited by these services as they allow even small businesses to take advantage of the Cloud’s scale and compete with much larger organisations.

If you want to talk more about the possibilities of Serverless computing for your business, get in touch with me. I’d love to hear how it might solve a problem for you.