The Standardization of Cloud Computing
How cloud computing is integrating into our workplaces and everyday life
For all intents and purposes, the times of SOA and “time-sharing” has given way to the all-encompassing (and ever growing) cloud. In the grand scheme of technology, cloud computing is still in its infancy. In fact, most of the big-name companies involved in the cloud industry today (Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, etc.) didn’t jump on the bandwagon until between 2008 and 2010.
That said, in the last few years, we have seen the cloud become the standard across both the corporate and private sectors.
And we aren’t the only ones who have noticed this trend. According to a report from Dimension Data:
“Hybrid IT is a becoming a standard enterprise model, but there’s no single playbook to get there.” (Source)
This standardization is due to many factors - not least of which is the increased efficiency that cloud computing affords users. Other benefits companies can reap from cloud computing can vary but include new technology opportunities for start-ups and enhanced security amongst multinational conglomerates.
Here are a handful of examples of how modern work and life are changing thanks to the rise of cloud computing.
“Bring Your Own Device” has become a popular option for employers who want to enable work productivity outside of the office. The BYOD trend, powered by cloud computing technology, means that employees can use their own smartphones, laptops and tablets rather than be required to use a company-supplied device.
This policy also allows employees risk-free access to corporate systems and apps, helping keep confidential company files secure.
Cloud computing has ushered in a new era of IT. In the past, IT departments would require a full staff of employees; however, the cloud has enabled much of the responsibilities of IT workers to be outsourced, meaning companies can be unlock greater productivity with much smaller tech team.
Taking the Fear out of Forecasting
Once, forecasting trends in technology was akin to predicting the weather. It was difficult to decide what a company would need in the near future to remain competitive, let alone have the insight to know how much data would be needed or the number of employees to keep on staff.
However, with the rise of cloud computing, companies now have access to virtually unlimited data space which improves scalability and adaptability - two valuable qualities to possess in a constantly evolving world.
The gradual maturity of the cloud has made working from home more popular in recent years. Telecommuting is becoming so common, in fact, that it’s starting to alter the way society perceives the traditional image of the workplace.
No longer is it a certainty that your job will be a weekday 9-5 trip to a windowless office building. Thanks to the cloud’s ability to provide easy and secure access to workplace files, employees are often allowed to do their work from the comfort of their own home - or while sitting on a warm sandy beach hundreds of miles from their cramped, stuffy office.
Cloud Computing Example: Toyota
One clear example of cloud computing’s effect on the modern world is Toyota. The entirety of the organization (which equates to roughly 200,000 employees around the world) migrated to Microsoft Office 365 in 2012.
According to Toyota's North American chief technology executive Zack Hicks, the reason behind this transition was “to do something more meaningful for our customers or our business.”
What “meaningful” things has Toyota been able to accomplish through cloud technology? Here’s a shortlist of future plans by one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers:
Cars that can track a driver’s health and warn authorities if the driver is in trouble or intoxicated.
Vehicles that are capable of driving the elderly.
Vehicles that can be powered by “eco-points” collected via Facebook through Microsoft Azure.
Where is Cloud Computing Headed?
While cloud computing came from humble beginnings - barely a drop of water in a vast ocean - today the cloud has affected significant aspects of society. What’s more, we can only expect that cloud computing technology will continue to evolve and change the way we work (and live) on this planet.To learn more about other Microsoft cloud solutions and how they can help bring your business into the modern age, we invite you to contact our Gold Certified consultants today. We can develop a custom cloud playbook for your business to give you a competitive edge over your competitors, optimize workplace efficiency and connect with customers better.