Embracing new technology can be difficult
for many companies.
They want to make sure that it will be
easy to integrate into the workplace and
that it is a value-added alternative to
existing ways of performing
tasks or producing items.
Is cloud computing of interest to your Business
If you are trying to decide whether
cloud computing is something that your
company should be interested in you
may find this information interesting and helpful
during the selection and integration process.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is a simple concept. It puts computer applications on the internet and
users access it that way rather than downloading or installing a terminal-based
program on their computers.
By putting the application or program online it offers a number of benefits that
are not shared when the programs are installed directly on a computer’s hard drive.
Cloud computing is affordable
For many companies, it can be a struggle to pay for expensive terminal-based programs.
There may be a limit on how many terminals can access a program and
the time to install and expanding a program to accommodate a large number of
users may be expensive. Cloud computing may still have a cost in order to
access the programs or applications but it may be more reasonable than
installed applications may be.
Cloud computing does not need you to maintain it
Part of the IT expense a company may incur is centered on maintaining systems
and programs. With cloud computing, this is not an issue.
The applications are maintained by the company that created them which
means that you do not need to worry about updating and repairing them yourself.
This can help your company to substantially reduce the cost of its IT department.
Cloud Computing offers flexibility in terms of payment
Many terminal based computer applications or applications which are installed on
a computer can be expensive and need to be paid for up front.
This can be an issue for many companies especially if they are unsure whether
a software package offers them the functionality that they need.
In this case, cloud computing can be a definite asset, since it is often possible to
pay for these applications on an ongoing basis, such as a monthly one.
Keep in mind that cloud computing is not right for every company.
If employees do not have access to the internet on an ongoing basis the applications
will also be inaccessible. As well, some companies are concerned about
the security of the data that is being stored using cloud computing applications.
However, it is definitely something that should be looked at more closely in order to
decide whether your company would be able to benefit from it in the future.
Thanks the TIB Team