When is a Cloud a Good Thing?
Most people don’t like cloudy days. When the sun isn’t shining, people tend to get cranky. A sun-shiny day makes people happy, less stressful. But in the technology world, clouds are actually a good thing. It’s called cloud computing. So just what is cloud computing? It’s the latest opportunity in computing—and you should be taking advantage of it.
According to Wikipedia, cloud computing is Web-based processing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices (such as smartphones) on demand over the Internet.
What does that mean for you and your business? It opens up a lot of opportunities for you in many ways. Take, for example, your basic business software; you would no longer need to have that software and data sitting on a machine in your office just waiting for a disaster to happen. Your business data is available to you anytime, anywhere as long as you have Internet access and a browser. It is safe, backed up, and available to you all the time.
Lately, applications are all going the way of cloud computing. Sales force automation and Customer Resource Management (CRM) are all available via cloud computing. Your entire sales force, regardless of where they reside, can get at any and all data relating to customers via the Internet. So, when one rep makes a change to the customer data, it’s available immediately to everyone in your company with access to the sales force and/or CRM application.
Cloud computing is also being used for video surveillance. Old technology required the use of video recording devices at the shops or warehouses. Someone had to manually change the tapes or CD’s on a regular basis. With cloud computing, video surveillance is taken to new heights.
You still need cameras, but they are connected to the Internet and the recording is done “in the cloud.” You can manage all of your locations, even delivery trucks, from one place. And, that place is wherever you are, whenever you want to take a look. You connect to the recorded videos or live feeds from any computer you log into with a browser and Internet connectivity. The manual intervention with tapes and CD’s goes away for good; storage is being done in the cloud.
Think of all the devices we are introducing in our world; Smartphones, iPads, tablet PCs, and more. They are very cost effective and they can put the world of software, resources, and information right in the hands of everybody.
If you want to understand more about cloud computing and how you can take advantage of it in your business, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603.249.5530. We can help you figure out the best ways for you to utilize this great technology in your world.
The next time you look up at the clouds, look real hard, you might just see your business in there.