Business applications are moving to the cloud. It’s not just a fad—the shift from traditional software models to the Internet has steadily gained momentum over the last 10 years. Cloud computing is not something that is new. In fact it has been around for many years, but has recently been gaining strength. Looking ahead, the next decade of cloud computing promises new ways to collaborate everywhere, through mobile devices.
The Cloud - What does it mean?
Life before cloud computingTraditionally business applications have been very complicated and expensive. The amount and variety of hardware and software required to run them are daunting. You need a whole team of experts to install, configure, test, run, secure, and update them. The dollar cost of paying your IT experts can be overwhelming.
When you see the biggest companies with the best IT departments aren’t getting the apps they need, you can easily understand why Small and mid-sized businesses don’t stand a chance.
Is Cloud computing a better way?Have you ever wished you could eliminate those headaches that are associated with managing hardware and software—by adopting a Cloud computing model you are shifting that responsibility to a experienced vendor. The shared infrastructure means it works like a utility: You only pay for what you need, upgrades are automatic, and scaling up or down is easy.
There are Cloud-based apps that can be up and running in days or weeks, and they cost less. With a cloud app, you just open a browser, log in, customize the app, and start using it.
More and more businesses are running all kinds of apps in the cloud, like customer relationship management (CRM), HR, accounting, and much more. Some of the world’s largest companies, such as the Major Banking Industries, Telecommunication giants have already moved their applications to the cloud after rigorously testing the security and reliability of our infrastructure.
As cloud computing grows in popularity, thousands of companies are simply rebranding their non-cloud products and services as “cloud computing.” Always dig deeper when evaluating cloud offerings and keep in mind that if you have to buy and manage hardware and software, what you’re looking at isn’t really cloud computing but a false cloud.
Mobility in the CloudThe latest innovations in cloud computing are making our business applications even more mobile and collaborative, similar to popular consumer apps like Facebook and Twitter. As consumers, we now expect that the information we care about will be pushed to us in real time, and business applications in the cloud are heading in that direction as well. With the Cloud, keeping up with your work is as easy as keeping up with your personal life on Facebook.
The Cloud for your Accounting SystemsAt Ascend Financial - Certified General Accountants, we recognize the benefits the Cloud brings to our client's accounting systems. Imagine having all your IT handled by a staff of expert no matter your size, all your backups managed, mobile access at all times, as well as providing your accountant your records at a click of a button. Instant help is just a click away and the size and price is scalable to the client's needs.
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