Cloud Computing has had an enormous impact on every aspect of business, and its widespread application and implementation among multiple audiences and demographics continues to grow worldwide at a progressive rate. This is because the major benefits of the ‘Cloud’ make it possible to store data on online servers provided by major companies like Google (Google Drive and Google Music), Amazon (AWS- Amazon Web Services) and Apple (iCloud), with other popular services for the general public –including SoundCloud, OpenDrive, DropBox and SafeSync— that enable users to transfer data across all their smart devices without cramming their hard drive or multiple external drives. Ultimately, Cloud technology is primarily vital nowadays for businesses because customers/clients demand speed and efficiency. Cloud computing can keep up with this demand by providing fast access to data and fast delivery, even well ahead of any scheduled deadlines. Especially through its integration with A.I. technology, the Cloud has made incredible strives forward in reducing internal bureaucracy, optimizing the organizational infrastructure of a company, and overall production levels, accelerating decision-making and delivery to customers.
Cloud/A.I. solutions can in fact predict the success or failure of a company based on the analysis of massive amounts of information by A.I. processes like semantics technology and machine learning. These processes help sift through all the Open Source information available across the Internet (from social media to consumer blogs and websites) and identify specific information vital to business strategy and policy. Enterprise Resource Planning solutions (ERPs) are just a step forward in the evolution of these processes. They were useful in teaching companies to reorganize their infrastructure accordingly so that vital business info could be shared visibly (through online servers hosted by providers for a fee such as SaaS- ‘Software as a Service’ providers, or else installed and operated by the company with the help of ERP/IT consultants to reduce costs) across all company levels, thus contributing to a shared collaboration among all departments. Edge Computing is the major shift that companies are undertaking at this time with the help of IT /Cloud experts; the central focus of this process is the ability to place the right amount of data in the appropriate place at a convenient time and accelerate access to it with the appropriate security measures to avoid cyberhacking and other potential threats. It is clear that speed is the main factor that helps companies thrive in a competitive market. Fulfilling customer expectation and satisfaction by overdelivering (in terms of delivery time of business solutions or products) will also help a business grow even if surrounded by bigger competitors.
What do you need the Cloud for? This is the question any company searching for a competitve advantage needs to ask. If you are a small business owner you may need it to back up stored data that is just too big to handle with your internal servers and you are afraid might be lost due to a crash or system failure. Or you may want to create ‘mobile offices’ by connecting all your smart devices like your iPhones, Tablets, computers to Cloud servers so that you can share data with employees/clients/partners, and access it remotely no matter where you are in the world. As mentioned earlier, it helps with file storage so you don’t have to keep buying new hard-drives and thus reduces costs significantly. Growth Planning is another added value of the Cloud, because you don’t need to make an up-front investment but you can use the services gradually as you progress with its deployment. It is thus scalable and you can start small by paying for lower storage fees initially, and as your usage increases you can access the other services you need later on, so it is excellent for small business and start-ups to gain a competitive edge.
As in the case of SaaS ERP hosts, a company can choose to buy Public Cloud services and pay fees which vary depending on the amount of memory you need—and thus increase over time as your business grows and expands—or they can create their own Private Cloud. With the Public Cloud you can be assured of speed and efficiency. The downside to installing and implementing your own Private Cloud (especially for small business) is that it requires a considerable investment up-front, and cyber security remains an issue as well. This means you may need to spend even more on Cloud security experts/consultants unless you are already familiar with the Cloud and already have an internal team of IT/Cloud consultants who are also experts in cyber security.
The best approach to taking advantage of the cloud computing hype is for companies to acquire the necessary skills themselves in Cloud technology. There are many learning opportunities provided by CloudAcademy and other educational platforms that will help expand your skill set. Cloud Academy offers a vast amount of courses from AWS DevOps training to developing Micrsoft Azure Solutions. This type of online tailored learning can help you take cloud computing to the next step, and enjoy the benefits it can provide for your business. This type of online tailored learning can help you take cloud computing to the next step, and enjoy the benefits it can provide for your business.
Ultimately, a company must approach the use of Cloud computing depending on their specific needs in order to avoid excessive costs. The various courses offered online cover the basics of Cloud technology and keep you updated on the recent advancements in the field, so your specialization can be customized at will depending on your business needs.