Cloud computing is a hot topic of late, with many IT professionals certainly all ears when learning the benefits that are inviting for all types of operations and business. And utilizing the cloud is not just a trend – it’s very much a business practice that has helped organizations to both develop and grow.
Approach of cloud computing can play a huge role in helping CEOs strike that delicate balance because the cloud has fully evolved from a tech-industry phenomenon to a mainstream and strategic business opportunity. The proof is in rapid customer adoption for everything from HR to Marketing to Sales to Financials and other essential applications.
In short, cloud computing can:
• Drastically increase flexibility.
• Provide more deployment options.
• Significantly reduce costs.
Using the cloud simplifies IT. Companies need to move away from the old paradigm, where everything is do-it-yourself: get a bunch of disparate parts – a server, an operating system, middleware – all from different suppliers or vendors and spend a lot of time trying to integrate those.
The products should be made to work together, designed to work together from the ground up. We’ve seen a lot of that occur in the consumer part of the world, what you see today in smartphones and tablets and so forth. Things are tightly integrated from the ground up. You can press a button and get applications directly off the Internet.
You have somebody else doing all of the work – all of the operational work, all of the R&D, procuring all the parts, integrating all the parts, doing all the testing. And all of that is done now for you and delivered to you as a service.
Expanding globally? Previously this involved travel to those locations, physical setup, and hoping it worked. Now with the cloud, in-house data centers are eliminated (or streamlined) in virtually any corner of the world.