It’s pretty safe to assume that every business professional understands that cloud computing is “the way to go”. Whether every business embraces cloud computing (online computer, software as a service) or not, is another story. However, I do think it’s useful, from time to time, to review “hot” technology and really understand why we are investing in it and if we should keep doing so.
No Need to Buy Software
Nick Vossburg is President of Alteritech says that one benefit of cloud computing is that there is No Need to Buy Software. This sounds obvious, but not buying software means no procurement, no installation, no management of licenses, no surprise cost increases and no worries about if you should upgrade to the latest version of the software.
Easier connectivity of data to mobile devices
Another benefit is the power of leveraging anytime, anywhere computing. With all your data and related applications in the cloud, you are free to use mobile products and still access your data and applications as long as you have access to the Internet.
Your computing platform, in some ways, is much more secure. If your computer crashes or otherwise goes down in a traditional software environment, you lose your data or hope that your backup works. If the only software you’re really worried about is a browser, then your data and software are safely protected and you could just walk into your local Best Buy or Staples and buy another computer, and you’re up and running again.
With data living in the cloud you can easily share data across online services.
Rarely do you want your data to live in ONE application. But often times your customer names should be integrated with your financial application. Your product list needs to populate your e-commerce web site.
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