Hot Topics: Making Cloud Computing Work for Your Business
Cloud computing has transformed the world around us—and all indication is that it will continue to shape how business will be done in the future. The question is: How can businesses really capitalize monetarily on cloud technology?
The largest advantage in the shift “to the cloud” is in the corporation’s IT infrastructure. Traditionally, companies have purchased or developed software application products and maintained that software themselves. The amount of hardware, software and technicians necessary to manage this can be a major expense.
The benefit of the cloud-computing model is in that it enables IT products to be consumed as services over the Internet on demand. This allows a class of users to pull data as services from a third-party when they need it, and pay-as-they-go.
The shift from an IT-product world to an IT-service world is perfect for today’s business structure as we are all conscious of up and down turns. Working with cloud technologies gives us the biggest advantage, one of economies of scale. Additionally, quick shifts to new software or upgrades can be down rapidly and without downtime, and employees can have access anywhere, allowing for travel and virtual office situations.
According to Gartner Inc., by 2015 some 50% of Global 1000 enterprises are expected to use cloud computing for their top 10 revenue-generating processes.
Time is money, and when it comes to saving time, cloud computing may be the answer many businesses will turn to. With the need to cut operating budgets and overhead just to survive, more and more businesses are turning to this easy answer—and can be up and running right away.