Business applications are moving to the cloud. It’s not just a fad—the shift from traditional software models to the Internet has steadily gained momentum over the last 10 years.
Looking ahead, the next decade of cloud computing promises new ways to collaborate everywhere, through mobile devices.
Life before cloud computing
Traditional business applications have always been very complicated and expensive. The amount and variety of hardware and software required to run them are daunting. You need a whole team of experts to install, configure, test, run, secure, and update them.
When you multiply this effort across dozens or hundreds of apps, it’s easy to see why the biggest companies with the best IT departments aren’t getting the apps they need.
Small and mid-sized businesses don’t stand a chance.
Cloud computing: a better way
With cloud computing, you eliminate those headaches because you’re not managing hardware and software. The shared infrastructure means it works like a utility: You only pay for what you need, upgrades are automatic, and scaling up or down is easy.
Cloud-based apps can be up and running in days or weeks, and they cost less. With a cloud app, you just open a browser, log in, customize the app, and start using it.
Cloud Computing Benefits
Proven Web-services integration. Cloud computing technology is much faster and easier to integrate with other existing software applications.
World-class service delivery. Greater scalability, complete disaster recovery and fantastic uptime numbers are key features of the cloud computing model.
Faster and lower-risk deployment. As well as lower set-up costs, set-up time is also dramatically reduced with a cloud computing infrastructure. Say goodbye to waiting months or years and laying out millions of pounds in before the first login happens.
Cloud Computing Benefits
No hardware or software installations.
Empowered business users. Cloud computing technology allows real-time point-and-click customisation and instant generation of reports for business users. This frees up scarce IT resources for strategic initiatives.
Automatic upgrades that don't impact IT resources. Utilising cloud computing platforms puts an end to the IT dilemma facing most companies: the cost and pain of software upgrades. Cloud computing technology allows you to upgrade and preserve all your previous efforts.
As cloud computing grows in popularity, thousands of companies are simply rebranding their non-cloud products and services as “cloud computing.”
Always dig deeper when evaluating cloud offerings and keep in mind that if you have to buy and manage hardware and software, what you’re looking at isn’t really cloud computing but a false cloud.
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Mobility and collaboration
The latest innovations in cloud computing are making business applications even more mobile and collaborative, similar to popular consumer apps like Facebook and Twitter.
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Everyone is talking about the cloud.
But what does it mean?