Cloud – A do vs die approach to being competitive

To grow and compete better in an increasingly globalized world, companies are constantly challenged by how to delegate or outsource processes to focus more on their core business.  By outsourcing, business processes can be delegated to experts and the costs can be minimized. In this context, technology and information systems are no exception. Today, organizations have even greater potential for growth and development, improving efficiency, and increasing their positioning within their industry value chains. This is where cloud computing enters.

Cloud Computing can be a vital contributor to a company’s goals, saving it costs, increasing business and resource efficiency and also helping them to be more competitive, at the same technological level as larger organizations.  With the capabilities of Cloud Computing, organizations get outsourced service. The solutions are accessible via the Internet, from anywhere.

Companies that offer hosting, IT services, support development (or maintenance of information systems) are growing. The cloud systems are not just those considered as “support systems” (such as email, web pages or e-commerce solutions), there are also “enterprise systems.”

Companies can aspire to solutions which previously were only open to larger firms.  Firms don’t need to purchase costly technology but instead can access the technology as a service. This is one way for companies, have access to top technology and to keep up with the fast-paced world where TIC technologies are indispensable and there is a continuous need for security features (see Cloud Testing).

Cloud-Computing Benefits:

-      Focus of activities

-      It allows the company to focus its efforts on the activities and core business objectives.

-      Outsourcing non-core activities can continue to be developed by specialized resources and with high quality.

Cost Reduction

-      Perhaps one of the most important benefits that Cloud Computing offers is that people who are looking for a chance to host their services / products can select from several cloud-based architectures. They can find one that fits both their needs and budget.

-      It is not necessary to have a large IT budget. The service provider is able to update software, hardware and security. Constantly monitoring the correct operation thereof.

High Dependability and accessibility

-      The Cloud provides access to enterprise services from anywhere, with high availability and speed.

-      The same datacenter ensures the availability and accessibility of resources.

Scalability

-      When applications need to modify processing power (or performance), so cloud infrastructure (IaaS) can accommodate (increasing or decreasing) the size. You therefore avoid paying for facilities which are not being used. Alternatively, you can increase them and pay for only the consumed facilities.

Easy setup and use

-      Generally Cloud applications don’t need to be installed or downloaded locally. And practically can be consumed by any device connected to the Internet.

 

Cloud Computing Industry revenue

-      2008: $46.41 billon

-      2009: $56.30 billon – (+21%)

-      2013: $150.1 billon – (Projected)

-      Compound Annual Growth Rate: 26.5%

 

Applications most frequently shifted from on-premises technology to the cloud (% of companies)

-      Recruitment/staffing               (69%)

-      Warehouse management          (67%)

-      Inventory management           (67%)

-      Sales analysis and reporting    (58%)

-      Enterprise resource planning  (56%)

-      Vendor management                (54%)

-      Production management          (53%)

 

Top 10 most important companies in cloud computing

-      #10: cloudSwitch – Verizon.

-      #9: vCloud – VMware

-      #8: Linode (for Linux)

-      #7: Salesforce.com

-      #6: CloudPlatform- Citrix Systems

-      #5: OpenShift – Red Hat (it uses Amazon AWS)

-      #4: Google Cloud Platform

-      #3: Azure – Microsoft

-      #2: Rackspace

-      #1: Amazon

Sources Used in Post:

http://www.gartner.com

http://www.appstechnews.com/media/cio_barometer_infographic.jpg

http://work-break.com/infographics/demystifying-amazon-web-services/

http://blog.dataprius.com/index.php/2013/01/28/cloud-computing-en-la-empresa-la-revolucion-imparable/

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-10-most-important-companies-in-cloud-computing-2012-4#1-amazon-of-course-1

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