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.