Breakfast in the Cloud

Despite its intangibility, the “cloud” is having a significant impact on how businesses around the world operate. Filing cabinets are gone. You don’t have to search through disorganized folders or yellowing papers for an old form when you can log onto a Cloud Server in less than a minute and find it – regardless of whether it is one week old or ten years old. You need to make a last-minute change to a presentation for your sales team before they go out to do their pitches. Instead of chasing down each person and making the same update seven times, you can now refer them all to the same Cloud Server, where the most current materials are available.
According to the Cloud Security Alliance, a leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness about best practices to ensure secure cloud computing environments, 33% of organizations have a “full-steam ahead” attitude towards cloud services, while 86% of companies spend at most part of their IT budget on cloud service.
Don’t be left behind by your competitors. If you still need convincing, here are some suggestions:
11 Advantages of Cloud Computer: How Your Business Can Benefit from Them
1. Fresh Software
All customers have access to the latest versions of the software they need to run their business as soon as the releases occur. To increase productivity, workers can get immediate upgrades that add new functionality and features. Software enhancements are often released frequently. This is in contrast with home-grown or purchased software, which might only have major new releases once a year and take a lot of time to roll out.
2. Do more with less
Cloud computing allows companies to reduce or eliminate their footprint in their data centers. Without affecting an organization’s IT capabilities, a reduction in the number of servers, software costs, and staff can dramatically reduce IT costs.
3. Flexible costs
Cloud computing is much cheaper than traditional methods. Cloud computing is much more flexible than traditional methods. Companies only need to commission and pay for the server and infrastructure capacity that they require. You can provision more capacity for peak times, and then de-provision it when no longer required. Traditional computing involves purchasing sufficient capacity for peak times and then letting it sit idle the rest.
4. Always-on availablity
Cloud providers are very reliable and can provide services up to 99.9% of the time. The connection is always available and workers can access the applications they need anywhere they have an Internet connection. Some applications can even be used offline.
5. Mobility improvements
Employees have access to data and applications no matter where they may be located in the world. Workers can access their work from anywhere using their smart phones or tablets. This includes roaming around a retail store to check out customers, visiting their homes or offices, and working in the field or at their plant.
6. Collaboration improved
Cloud applications facilitate collaboration by allowing dispersed groups to meet virtually and share information in real-time and via shared storage. This can help reduce time-to market and improve customer service and product development.
7. Cloud computing is more cost-effective
Companies don’t need to buy equipment or build and operate data centers. They don’t need to spend significant amounts on utilities, hardware, and other operations. Traditional computing can cost a company millions before it realizes any value from its investment in a data center.
8. You can reduce your expenses quickly
Cloud computing is a flexible cost structure that allows for reduced exposure during times of recession and business cutbacks (like what the energy industry is currently experiencing).
9. Flexible capacity
Cloud is a flexible facility that can be adjusted to suit your needs. A sales promotion could be extremely popular and the capacity can be quickly added to prevent server crashes and loss of sales. Capacity can be reduced to lower costs after the sale is over.
10. Facilitate M&A activities
Cloud computing allows for faster changes, so two companies can become one faster and more efficiently. Traditional computing can take years to migrate applications and decommission data centers before two companies can run on the same IT stack.
11. Less environmental impact
We have less impact on the environment collectively because there are fewer data centers around the world and our operations are more efficient. Companies that use shared resources increase their ‘green credentials.
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Now you are familiar with the benefits of Cloud Computing. What can you do to harness cloud computing’s power, implement it, maximize your savings, and make it work for you?
Crayon Software Experts and New Horizons Learning Group present a free breakfast seminar on Friday, July 22, on Cloud Fundamentals and Software Asset Management and Licensing.
There are limited seats so don’t waste your time. Register today for this exclusive event!