5 Things You Should Know About The Cloud
There was a survey recently conducted by Wakefield where 22% of respondents admitted that they liked to pretend they knew how the cloud worked. Similar quantities of respondents said they weren’t cloud users, when in fact, they all were.
Part of the fog surrounding The Cloud is that many companies like to use the term as a whitewash to cover any online subscription service or any virtualization. Handy for us then, that the National Institute of Technology as a Service (NIST) provides a definitive description. You can read it here
Here are the 5 things everyone should know about the cloud:
- You are already using it. If you have Gmail or Yahoo accounts then you are already using the cloud. If you use software like Prezi or Survey Monkey, or DropBox or Google Docs or Instagram, or Flickr …. I could go on.
- It is very secure. Many cloud service providers operate a Whitehouse level of safety encryption which means it is as secure as any hosted service. You will always hear of leaks and privacy issues – the same is true of any software – but most of this is down to individual failures such as setting a password as “password” for example
- It’s not Cloud or nothing. Some businesses make the mistake of thinking you have to take a decision to move to cloud…or not. Many businesses successfully use a hybrid solution of on premise and cloud based services. For example, you can use cloud services but keep your local infrastructure. You can literally pick and choose the bits you want, which is a good stepping stone if you are moving towards a cloud first policy, which many are – because…
- Cloud is the way forward. SAP (arguably the world’s largest provider of business software) has already said that it is investing in moving all its software to the cloud at some point. Currently their solution Business By Design and some CRM tools such as Cloud for Customer are experiencing renewed levels of investment. Even Coca-Cola are getting in on the act
- The benefits far outweigh the challenges. Challenges include: getting staff buy in; dealing with the processes and culture of the change but benefits include reduced hardware and IT costs, elasticity within pricing models which means your usage can bend and flex with your business needs; you only need a browser and device so can access from anywhere; staff can telecommute; things start integrating better; productivity improves….
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Written by Emma Stewart Sales & Marketing Director Cofficient Ltd