Cloud computing has been one of those face-changing IT inventions that took some time to work its magic in the corporate world, but now has almost become an inseparable wing for most organisations.
Whenever there is a major upgrade in information technology, the implications are not always clear. In most cases, a wait-and-observe attitude prevails. Organisations, instead of indulging directly, tend to see the result around before investing into it.
Cloud computing has been one of those face-changing IT inventions that took some time to work its magic in the corporate world, but now has almost become an inseparable wing for most organisations. Today cloud is used in everything from public and private sectors as data repository to software-as-a-service. Cloud has some very powerful applications that can be well incorporated to enhance business. Here are some ways organisations can make savvy use of cloud technology to vantage their business.
Cloud computing infrastructure as a shortcut for Big Data
Cloud computing offers cloud-based analytic tools to extract the maximum value from available data. It processes data without any heavy upfront investments and gives new insights for business-critical decisions. When infrastructure and software are maintained in the cloud, you can focus better on extracting value data, learning lessons, running reports and refine your service, products, and business operations. Organisations struggle a lot to optimise its storage resources and analyse the data. Using cloud this process can be easily streamlined and data fetching becomes much simpler.
Cloud computing aids cost-effective data protection and recovery
Data is one of the most important assets for any organisation and because of this, companies used to spend a lot on data recovery. With the help of cloud, companies have less to worry about data loss. Now any business can back up critical data of their organisation in the cloud without investing anything in their in-house systems. They can, in fact, get their servers replicated in the cloud as well. Cloud technology with time has become more and more cost-effective, which makes it more accessible to mid- and small-businesses as well. Cloud being a virtual depository, data can be recovered anytime from anywhere.
Using Cloud for Testing and Development
Developing software application, checking new applications, testing updates, etc. are processes that you should not do on your production infrastructure. Building and maintaining development and test environment is a costly affair, especially because there are a lot of idle time involved. Also, while moving applications from one platform to another, chances of errors heightens. Cloud computing is a natural solution to these problems. Quality cloud service providers offer a sandbox environment on a pay-as-you-go basis. You can use it for as long as you need it and then shut it down. Using cloud for app development and testing removes the issue of incompatibility of operating systems.
Cloud computing infrastructure to meet peak hour demands
For organisations that have varying demands of their products and services depending on the time of the year, cloud infrastructure is a great help. It helps you ride those waves and lets you easily scale out operations when the demand of your products are high. During times when demand surges up than usual flow, cloud helps you scale up additional resources from the cloud to match the sales demand.
Cloud computing lets you upgrade the business processing and resource planning
If you have a small- or mid-sized organisation, cloud infrastructure can also provide powerful tools for your business to help it level up the services. Tools like CRM, accounting, project management applications, etc. are available on pay-as-you-go structure. These tools are highly useful to expand business processing and offer instant access to same capabilities as any other large organisation.
Whatever is the core processing or your organisation, there is always scope for cloud infrastructure to make it better. However, it takes smart planning and incorporation of cloud computing to leverage your business at its best. With cloud computing, you can send your data insecurities to an early grave. Make sure that you have the right cloud skills inhouse and your business with see new heights in no time.
Aniketh Jain is Co-founder and CEO Solutions Infini