The Cloud – Don’t Get Left Behind

Mukesh ValabhjiThe previous blog post covered a keynote speech from Mr Miyachi of Softbank Mobile, in which he outlined how technology companies can use the cloud to stay ahead of the competition. This post will expand upon some of the issues and ideas raised by Mr Miyachi – particularly in relation to effectively utilising cloud computing.

Cloud computing means storing and accessing data over the internet instead of it being saved on a computer’s hard drive. A cloud app allows users to open a browser, log in and start working – for example, sales people working in the field have access to all client documents, which can be kept up to date in real time so that those back at the office are aware of all developments as they happen.

The cloud has caused a step change in the business environment; millions of organisations worldwide depend on the cloud to back up their systems as well as to create and manage documentation and their client relationship management systems. Research has found that companies with over 25,000 employees use an average of 454 cloud based applications.

There are many benefits for businesses to obtain through using the cloud. Ordinarily, new applications can take months or even years to implement; the cloud can cut through the traditional complexities, allowing new applications to be accessed instantly and be in full use in a matter of days.

There is also no need for an upfront investment in new equipment, software licenses or consultants’ fees; the use of cloud-based software means that these costs can virtually be eliminated. The only cost is usually a monthly subscription. The applications are instantly scalable – the business pays for as few or as many licenses as they need at any one time.

Cloud based applications are maintenance-free as well, because the provider of the cloud maintains them invisibly behind the scenes, and they have the advantage of being very secure. A lost laptop is no longer a disaster as no data is actually stored on it.

Don’t miss the next blog post on the Mukesh Valabhji blog, which examines the uptake of cloud-based services by businesses worldwide.