Benefits of Cloud Computing
for today’s mobile business.
Knowledge = Power
The truth is, the advantage of “owning” IT assets and expertise has eroded in most of today’s hyper-competitive marketplaces. Instead, power comes from people — their skills, their knowledge and their unique value-creating abilities.
Masters of Mobility
In addition to refocusing people on core capabilities, cloud computing can boost the uptake and application of mobility. This increases the benefits business derive from collective knowledge because that knowledge is more easily shared. If knowledge is power, then adding mobility creates knowledge. In a survey of executives conducted by Accenture and the Outsourcing Unit of the London School of Economics, half of surveyed business leaders said they believe that cloud computing facilitates a virtual/distributed organization, and 60% believe that business applications can be distributed far more quickly when they are in the cloud.
Access Beats Ownership
Some estimates — such as those quoted by O’Reilly Media — put hard-cost savings from cloud computing over equivalent in-house models at as high as 30%.
In a SandHill survey of 500 IT decision-makers, half cited business agility as their primary reason for adopting cloud services. Because you are buying access instead of actual assets, you can quickly scale IT products and services up or down depending upon need. Plus, there are no implementation bottlenecks, so users immediately benefit from new and improved technology.
Safe and Secure
Many businesses, especially small businesses, have sub-par security and data-protection infrastructure because it can be too costly and time consuming.