Easily accessible software and hardware via the internet is what the cloud is all about. The cloud can do much more than that though. It can also save you money, allow the sharing of one application among multiple customers (this is called multitenancy), and even track actual computer utilization.
One way a company can save a lot of hassle is to generate transparency. This is through (but not limited to) recording the usage of storage, bandwidth, and active user accounts from both the provider and customer. Companies also save money with the cloud because it is much cheaper to not have to deal with your own servers, hardware, electricity costs, and other maintenance. This can potentially lead to an increase in IT capacity for a company. However, despite all the potential benefits cloud computing has to offer, there are some obstacles to cloud computing adoption that some may find more unbearable than others. These include the possibility of lower than average internet speeds (which can put a damper on your cloud productivity), lack of standardization with application programs and platforms, uncertainty of the reliability and security of the service (is my data safe?), and the reliance on the staff of the cloud provider to maintain and control IT performance.
Organizations can be a little reluctant to adopt new cloud technologies unless they are sure a relative advantage can be seen compared to existing technologies they are comfortable with. The solution is to take the idea of adopting the cloud a little more seriously. Make sure the value of the cloud is laid out in front of you clearly before making such an executive decision. A better understanding of the cloud usually leads to an eventual adoption. Another factor in the adoption decision is the companyâ€™s pre-existing policies, values, technological infrastructure, and business needs. Many companies find they are much better off managing their own servers in order to ensure without a doubt there is no data leakage or loss of data. This has happened in the past with cloud providers (iCloud, for instance) but instances such as this are few and far between.
Just trying the software out temporarily is usually enough to make a company feel more comfortable about adopting the technology. Has your company adopted the cloud yet? If not, what are some of the reasons or concerns holding you back? Weâ€™d love to help you put those skeletons back in the closet!