Understanding Cloud Computing and Is It Worth the Spend?

If the latest data are to be trusted, businesses are increasing their spending on the cloud, and all indicators point to the undeniable fact that there will be no cap on the amount spent in the coming years. Some experts say cloud business process service spending has increased staggeringly in the past few years. Between 2011 and projections of 2016, the CAGR of SaaS for business intelligence apps is at 27.4 percent, 16.3 percent for CRM, 23.4 percent for ERP, 34.0 percent for content creation, 25.9 percent for content management, and an astounding 49.1 percent for office suites. But why are businesses embracing cloud solutions with such enthusiasm? Why are end-users spending on cloud computing services projected to surpass $180 billion by the end of 2015? There are many reasons for this shift to the cloud, but the ones that make the most sense for businesses to adopt the cloud are few.

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Business owners and decision-makers can access files, data, and software from anywhere, using virtually any machine. This improved access allows quicker, more accurate decision-making.

Global Workforce

The biggest byproduct of this increased accessibility is better, streamlined collaborations between global workforces. Departments and employees can easily share information in real time, reducing unnecessary bottlenecks and accelerating productivity.

Rapid Development & Deployment

Cloud business solutions have developed much faster than standard data storage and computing technologies over the past few years. The rapid deployment of these solutions by cloud computing companies has meant that businesses have access to the latest technology at all times.

Cross-Platform Adaptability

The adaptability of devices to cloud computing services adds to the advantage of the CTOs, maximizing the system’s flexibility. The cloud is already geared to enhance consistency across platforms, even as organizations adopt a BYOD structure for their employees.

Enhanced security

Earlier, people were worried about the possible susceptibility of the cloud to data breaches and security threats. With time, businesses have realized that cloud computing security systems are much safer.

Risk Mitigation

Sadly, physical data storage systems fail regularly. The worst imaginable thing for large organizations with around-the-clock customers from all parts of the world is a server crash. Cloud computing is far less risky as most companies guarantee 99.995 percent uptime.

Cost savings

The cloud is undoubtedly cost-effective, especially for small businesses. It allows a company to scale with its needs and within its means. Cloud service providers take care of all software licensing, system upgrades, and maintenance without any burden on the in-house IT teams, shifting the capital expenditure of a business to a more use-as-you-go model. This is just the tip of the iceberg that cloud computing has proven to be thus far. As the CIOs and CTOs get free to work on strategy matters for their respective organizations, the world is a playground for cloud computing companies of the future.

It’s too early to predict the future of the cloud computing industry and how it will continue to transform businesses. However, those close to the matter certainly have some strong opinions. As businesses shed the brick-and-mortar approach, the organizational structure will likely be affected the most. With employees eager to telecommute, companies will decrease their reliance on large facilities and invest in employee hives working in remote locations, increasing staffing flexibility and reducing costs.

While cloud technologies are relatively safe, security will remain a concern, with hackers and cyber criminals focusing on these technologies over time. The industry’s response will be crucial to its lasting success. Business owners and decision-makers will have to decide on the acceptability of the cloud within their organizations. If they haven’t already adopted cloud technology, the risk of falling behind looms large on businesses in an increasingly global market. With cloud computing becoming the norm over the next five years, companies unwilling to adapt will become inefficient and unreliable for their customers. KNOWETH Technologies streamlines the Cloud Infrastructure & Development by dividing the process into Design, Implement and Manage.