How Has The Cloud Era Transformed Business?

In previous posts we have discussed the benefits of cloud computing.  Today, we’ll take it one step further by highlighting the areas where cloud computing is transforming businesses of all sizes and shapes

Benefiting the Bottom Line:

Technology is no longer a luxury, but an essential part of doing business.  It is evident that the right technology used properly can offer significant efficiencies and financial benefits for organizations.  The challenge is that the sophisticated technology is also usually the most expensive option and not accessible to those organizations on tight budgets.  Cloud computing has changed the game.  Now, with the pay-for-play, subscription-based availability of technology solutions via the Internet, organizations can leverage the best software, hardware, networks, etc. without breaking the bank.

Scaling to Specific Business Needs:

Most businesses prepare for the future by positioning themselves to grow.  Cloud computing is perfect for those organizations that need to scale their IT infrastructure to meet growing business needs.  They simply need to purchase more capacity or more seats (for software), for example, as they add more employees, locations, customers, acquire companies, and so on.  On the other hand, if business declines, like it did for many during the recent economic downturn, cloud computing gives organizations the option to scale back and pay for less cloud services.  Cloud computing prevents organizations from being left with hardware that is left unused or server rooms that are no longer needed – they can scale up, or down, as needed.

Rapid Access and Ongoing Innovation:

The more sophisticated the computing environment or software application, the longer the implementation typically takes with on-premise technology; and upgrading that hardware or software can be a time-consuming process.  With the cloud computing model, the service provider already has the infrastructure or software solution in place and can essentially turn a key to put an organization in the cloud.  There may be some requirements for customization for a specific organization, but the time it takes is minimal compared to a full on-premise implementation.  And, when it comes to upgrading the technology, the service provider is responsible for maintaining the solutions and keeping their customers up-to-date on the latest and greatest technologies.

How has cloud computing transformed your business?

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