Welcome to 2011: The Year of the Cloud
As you gradually return from warp speed and back off the rock boosters that have allowed you to time travel into 2011, I bid you welcome. In the instant that has taken you from 11:59:59 December 31, 2010 to 12:00:00 January 1, 2011 a lot has changed. You have now officially arrived in the year of the cloud.
What is the Cloud? A non geekified definition of the cloud r. In the history of computing, technologies have evolved and become full circle. With the tremendous growth in broadband internet access at home, in the office, and on the go there is a growing need amongst our knowledge driven society to remain continually connected with information. This need has prompted the requirement for data and applications to be more centralized, more available, more scaleable to rapidly changing needs and more independent from hardware and operating system platforms. The cloud is the response to that need that has grown from a drum beat into a loud chorus over the past decade. The software and IT industry have
What Does That Mean for Your Business? It means Advantages of adopting the cloud to power your business communication and processes include:
Less IT support and administration - cloud solutions such as e-mail, collaboration and communication are relatively intuitive from an administrative standpoint and remove the burden and risk associated with owning and managing an in-house server. This reduces the amount of resources applied to managing to IT systems and allows you to invest in more Newer features now - because cloud-based applications live in your browser, the vendor can quickly roll out new features of the application on a regular and incremental basis without the disruption of having to install new software on individual computers.
Why is 2011 the Year of the Cloud? In our books, 2011 will be the year of the cloud because now more than ever there is a mainstream awareness of online. Industry giants like Microsoft actively promote web-based productivity applications like Office 365, while companies like Constant Contact, Salesforce have become publicly traded brands. Together with the tremendous adoption of tablet-based devices and more sophisticated smartphones operating systems such as Google Android, Apple iOS, and HP WebOS. In addition, research forecast suggest that by mid-2011 up to two-thirds of small businesses (1-200 employees) will be using some form of cloud based service.All these changes represent an enormous amount of competitiveness in the market place for technology solutions and services. This trend will equip small businesses who once feared the capital expenditure