Your organization needs technology. But, you do not have the luxury of unlimited budget to give your organization what it wants to do business? Look at Cloud technologies. You can give your organization just what it wants, when it wants and needs for a very small budget! Does this sound too good to be true? Well, for once it is “good” and “true”.
Cloud computing offers a utility computing model with pay as you go options. You can use your existing hardware and software in tandem with shared / unshared Cloud based hardware and software to scale up or scale down your technology usage over time. You do not have to buy more equipment; you can hire them at a nominal cost. You do not have to license software; you can hire the right to use the software instance for a limited period of time. Upgrades are not your problem. Your service vendor will handle all that for you.
Cloud is not magic. It should be emphasized that it is a shift in perceptions about technology. Technology no longer has to be owned to be used. Computing is a utility that can be purchased. You pay for the amount of “computing” services you use. Cloud service vendors promise to deliver “computing capabilities” consistently across the network and across devices. Access is “always on”. Support services can be procured as part of a package or for a small additional sum. The service can be rapidly scaled up or down on demand and is “business to business” ready. Organizations can abstract IT to their vendors and focus their attention on their core activity—their business.
Remember, Cloud computing is not problem-free. Interoperability of a Cloud can become a business problem if not handled well. A number of standardization organizations are working on this problem and have come up with some solutions that are seen to be working. You will have to check with your Cloud vendor on this point. Integration of existing applications with Cloud delivery options for enterprise wide delivery is not easy. Some Clouds may require you to rip and replace whole codes for the application delivery to happen. You will have to work with your Cloud vendor to resolve these issues.
However, Cloud services are getting sophisticated and many off the shelf enterprise class business applications are becoming available. These applications are designed for Cloud delivery and offer a number of options for collaboration and interaction among employees (from wherever they are located). Video conferencing, webinars, emails, and other communication protocols are made available as part of the Cloud computing service package. All this helps increase productivity and accelerates the pace of business.