The business cloud is becoming an integral part of nearly every organization’s operations. As cloud computing evolves and expands, it will continue to impact the way we all do business, from start-ups to established companies. In this post, we will provide a quick overview of the cloud, how it can benefit your organization, and discuss some of the interesting implications of increased cloud computing.
What is the Cloud?
The cloud refers to software and services that are distributed and run through a network of remote servers rather than directly on your computer or mobile device. As the business cloud expands throughout the world, wireless-enabled mobility is accelerating the speed at which corporate applications and data are transferred. Recently, Wakefield Research conducted a survey of a wide range of Canadian companies, revealing that 68 per cent of surveyed companies see the implementation of a hybrid cloud strategy as one of their main areas of technology focus in 2015. It is becoming quite clear that companies that are proactive and prepared to adopt new business cloud technologies are more likely to thrive in this compelling, ever-changing new environment.
The Benefits of the Business Cloud
The business cloud is designed to improve efficiency for any organization. Some examples of how the business cloud can be implemented include:
- Through file-sharing and collaboration software, which can be used within your enterprise, as well as securely extended to your partners and customers.
- By delivering Enterprise Resource Planning applications on a software-as-a-service basis (SaaS), which is especially important as companies transfer to platforms such as force.com from Salesforce.
- As both a primary and secondary options for offsite data storage.
- By offering productivity software for both word processing and email applications that are going through either Google Apps or Office 365.
The Implications of Cloud Computing
The business cloud is growing larger by the hour, and as public, private and hybrid cloud computing models develop and cross over with one another, decision making will only become more complex. There are many implications of cloud computing for organizations, some of which will include:
- More self-service from the business-side as cloud solutions, SaaS in particular, require less involvement from the IT department.
- The potential to get left behind, as those too slow to adopt the benefits while managing the risk face economic and business disadvantages.
- Ongoing improvements to security and privacy precautions as more confidential data is being shared, and the trend toward BYOD (bring your own device) continues.
Business cloud computing allows organizations to grow, and think about opportunities and projects in an entirely new light. Cloud computing is increasingly being accessed with mobile devices, which is driving the need for a variety of mobile devices to meet specific applications, and for them to be able to access reliable and capable wireless networks.
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