The Cloud as part of everyday life



Gen­er­al­i­sa­tions gen­er­ally start with “The” and are rarely accu­rate. This is par­tic­u­larly true for all state­ments start­ing “The Cloud is not for ….”, irre­spec­tive of which sec­tor of the econ­omy or soci­ety fol­lows. Instead, we should today say: “The Cloud is!” And on a day-​to-​day basis. So why are many com­pa­nies still reluc­tant to rely more heav­ily on Cloud solu­tions for their IT?

Apps are the Cloud per se

Most apps used on or by mobile devices are based on a Cloud solu­tion. This applies to the big social media plat­forms in the same way as to fit­ness track­ers, for exam­ple. But because they’re called apps, and not the Cloud, they are not per­ceived as such.

Doing busi­ness in the Cloud

The same applies to nation­ally or even glob­ally used busi­ness solu­tions, such as cus­tomer rela­tion­ship man­age­ment (CRM) or sales plat­forms. The prac­ti­cal ben­e­fits (the fact that cus­tomer mas­ter data, out­stand­ing pur­chase orders or goods inven­to­ries can be accessed on a mobile basis and in real time) makes the deci­sion to use such Cloud-​based CRM solu­tions an easy one. And once intro­duced, users imme­di­ately for­get that the appli­ca­tion is hosted in the Cloud. Gone are the dif­fer­ences between Cloud com­put­ing and work­ing with locally installed soft­ware, both in terms of look & feel and as regards work­ing com­fort.

What does the Cloud mean?

The catchy but some­what impre­cise term “Cloud” is itself to blame for the scep­ti­cism about the con­cept. In real­ity, most of the prod­ucts offered can be con­sid­ered a form of “… as a ser­vice”. Depend­ing on what it needs, a com­pany can obtain infra­struc­ture, plat­form and soft­ware as a ser­vice from the Cloud. And “as a ser­vice” is some­thing we use daily in a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent forms. Think of “cars as a ser­vice”, for exam­ple. They come in the form of taxis, Uber cars, lim­ou­sine ser­vices, regional and inter­city buses, car shar­ing, par­cel ser­vices, pizza deliv­er­ies, etc.

Das Prinzip Cloud ist nicht neu – oder: Wer würde schon eine S-​Bahn kaufen, um (erfol­gre­ich) anzukom­men

The prin­ci­ple is the same. The cus­tomer doesn’t need to worry about pur­chas­ing, main­te­nance, wear­ing parts, oper­at­ing costs, mal­func­tions or upgrades. He sim­ply uses the ser­vice, in return for a fee, in the way which is cheap­est and most prac­ti­cal for him – as a vehi­cle with or with­out a dri­ver, as an indi­vid­ual or in the form of pub­lic trans­port.

Any­one who thinks busi­ness can’t do with­out the Cloud

Even inter­nal reluc­tance to “change vehi­cle” is the same. Just as our car has “always been” on our dri­ve­way, so office pro­grams have “always been” on our own com­puter. There was actu­ally no other way, as Cloud solu­tions have only recently emerged as part of the broad­band era. But just as we should ques­tion whether the invest­ments, costs and expense asso­ci­ated with a pri­vate car are actu­ally worth it, so we should ques­tion the con­cept of installing every­thing locally or on premise. After all, we’re not just talk­ing about one-​off costs. For com­pa­nies of any size, a solu­tion such as Office 365 removes all the wor­ries and time involved in main­tain­ing, updat­ing and secur­ing the appli­ca­tion. Who wants to have to worry about whether the taxi passes all of its inspec­tions? All you really want to do is jump in, arrive, get out. Reach your des­ti­na­tion. We explain here how IPDNOW helps you arrive with­out hav­ing to con­cern your­self over IT mat­ters.