Cloud services and solutions have today emerged as a leader in the field of highly sophisticated computing processes. The exponential growth of Internet based services has made it imperative that newer technologies be harnessed that are safe as well as able to maximise operating efficiencies of businesses.
What do you gain when you incorporate cloud applications and computing in your business plans?
Cloud computing is a form of Internet based application that shares data processing and resources with any Internet enabled device. It also offers round the clock access to a shared pool of crucial computing resources such as servers, storage, computer networks and applications. On the part of the business manager, it is possible for him/her to quickly provision and operate these resources without any loss of time.
Another advantage of cloud computing is that you get readily available storage solutions. These can either be privately owned data centres or third party operated ones and can be located in any country in the world. Since the concept of cloud computing is based on the premise of sharing of resources, large scale economies of scale apply here. Hence opting for these services is a very cost effective notion. The need to invest in servers and other related storage hardware is eliminated, thereby leaving companies with funds to invest in core activities.
By choosing to go with cloud computing, companies stand to reap a number of benefits –
Reduction in capital expenditure – There is an immediate upfront reduction in capital expenditure as the need to buy expensive servers and other hardware is virtually eliminated. These funds can be fruitfully used for brand development and nurturing brand awareness.
Focus on primary business activities – With a less time required for monitoring and tracking computer applications as these are take care of in cloud computing, there will be more time to focus on business growth and development.
Faster implementation – Cloud applications have ready and running storage and processing solutions. These can be availed anytime thereby cutting down on time for implementing new projects.
Improved manageability – There is improved manageability and low maintenance requirements. This helps to adjust resources faster in cases of fluctuating and unpredictable business demands.
A primary component of cloud computing is SaaS, Software as a Service. It is a service where a third party hosts applications and offers the services to other customers over the Internet.
Here too businesses stand to gain a lot –
No hardware acquisitions – Eliminates the need to install specific and expensive hardware or set up data centres. It results in reduced capital expenditure and does away with cost of recruiting trained professionals and software licensing.
Scalability – Avail more or less services or features in tune with demand for them. Payments will also be proportionate.
Automatic updates – SaaS providers automatically goes through updates and patch management. Hence the burden of purchasing current software and hardware is automatically eliminated.
Round the clock accessibility – SaaS providers and applications are accessible round the clock from any part of the world through all Internet enabled devices.
SaaS applications are comprehensively used by most business to optimise their business efficiencies in such areas as emails, sales management, CRM, Financial management and billing and collaboration.