Cloud computing is all the rage now as businesses can’t seem to talk about anything else. The cloud has lots of companies believing it’s the one solution that can solve everything. And while the cloud has become a popular subject the past few years, still, some companies are unwilling to buy in. In fact, your company may be one of them. You might be wondering what exactly cloud computing is and why is it necessary to make such a major transition? Moreover, is your company even ready for it?
Certain skepticism is natural as new technology can often cause trepidation. However, concerns over your company’s preparedness for the cloud is probably overblown as the likelihood exists that you’re already using it, whether you’re aware of it or not.
In a recent study, 87% of those surveyed acknowledged using a public cloud. The numbers seem to indicate that more companies are recognizing how they can profit from the cloud in terms of cost savings and continuity as well as the ability to streamline operations. The cloud can also provide scalability on a moment’s notice.
The cloud has gone beyond specific industries and niche markets. It’s now become a big part of the mainstream with different tech companies lowering prices and each competing for a piece of the pie. Currently, Amazon Web Services is the leading cloud provider with Microsoft Azure and Google not far behind. If you’ve accessed any of these, you’ve used the cloud. You’ve also used it accessing your email account.
Companies also use the cloud for other services such as backing up files in the event of a breach or file sharing that allows employees and clients to easily communicate and collaborate more effectively. Some companies utilize the cloud for hosting their websites particularly when an ecommerce component is required that ordinarily would be a very expensive proposition. Most business applications in the workplace such as CRM software and time management programs are also available through the use of the cloud. Therefore, if you are using any of them, you’re using the cloud.
So, whether you know it or not, you’re probably more familiar with the cloud than you thought. And because cloud computing is becoming more commonplace in the workplace, its influence will only grow more substantial. Still, if you are uneasy about the cloud, it might help to learn more about the basic services you are currently using. That way, it will make it that much easier as you make the transition from one form or another moving forward.