Why Having Your Head in the Cloud May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
6 examples of how cloud computing is changing the face of the business world
As technological advances roll out into society, the way individuals conduct themselves changes. One such change is the contemporary business environment. No longer does “going to work” have to mean a 9-to-5 job stuck in a cubicle. Using new technologies (cloud computing technologies more specifically) we can work, collaborate and contribute from anywhere in the world.
Hey, one day your corner office may involve sand and a beach umbrella—as long as you have a reliable Internet connection!
Continue reading for 6 examples of how cloud computing is revolutionizing how we work, collaborate and more.
Before the use of cloud computing, offices could be a mess. Working typically required a large, bulky computer tower that involved multiple cords that inevitably became a tangled mess. Today’s office, by comparison, does not require this type of hardware. Computers have become smaller and sleeker—not to mention more powerful. In 2008, the storage available on a high-end Mac laptop was around 250 GB. Today this storage allotment has doubled. Taking Macs out of the equation, you can purchase a mid-level PC with a 500 GB hard drive much cheaper than in years past.
Furthermore, 60% of companies are allowing employees to bring their own personal computers to work.
This means that these employees could also be using their tablets and/or smartphones to help them work. If companies have their information and software stored in the cloud, this means that employees can seamlessly integrate these devices into their work environment making the jobs they perform easier and more enjoyable.
Depending on what type of job your company performs, chances are you use several pieces of software to accomplish different tasks. So after you’ve bought a set of multiple install CD-ROMs for your company, what do you do with the disks once they’ve been used? They sit on a shelf or in a drawer forever and become outdated—quickly.
Some food for thought: 13 floppy disks were needed to install Windows 95!
When software is stored in the cloud, not only are you eliminating CD-ROMs from collecting dust (and eventually filling our landfills) but also the software is made available anywhere, anytime. Moreover, experts believe that by 2020, 25% of software applications will be purchased as software-as-a-service. In addition, 57% of the roughly 1.2 billion office suite business users will be using cloud-computing software by 2022.
In a pre-cloud computing office environment, most office activity revolved around a giant office printer/copier. However, by using cloud computing and being able to share work amongst all involved employees instantly, there is no real need to print a hard copy. This has already started to see results as the printing industry revenues are expected to decrease by 2.4% this year alone.
By cutting out printing cost, a company can save tremendously. Broken down, printer ink costs around 71 cents a milliliter. By comparison, wine, oil and blood will cost you around 13, 8 and 40 cents a milliliter respectively. We may as well be printing with blood or oil: they’re both cheaper!
Previously, employees all worked individually on their own projects and met (sometimes) once a week to talk about their progress and to receive feedback. Today, cloud computing has made collaborating on work projects second nature. Employees can work on projects simultaneously. Experts conclude that companies who use employee collaborative technology are 73% more likely to improve their sales and acquire new customers.
Before cloud computing became popular, employees had to physically come to work and punch the clock. Now, employees can have the freedom to work from virtually anywhere. Since 2005, telecommuting has increased by almost 80%. This means that about 25 Million Americans work from a location other than an office—including working from home or another remote location for at least a portion of their workweek.
In addition, roughly half of the U.S. workforce holds a job position that could be compatible with part-time telecommuting.
Data storage and protection
Data security has always been a top priority within companies. However, before data was stored (on paper) in binders or on tapes, disks or drive. These methods led to data to becoming lost, damaged or stolen. Cloud computing makes data storage and protection much easier and more secure.
Currently, it is estimated that 1 exabyte (or 1 Billion GB!) of data is stored in the cloud. With all of this data, it begs the question of whether companies are adequately protecting it. Roughly 54% of IT professionals use some kind software-as-a-service application; however, 52% of companies are not backing up their data in one of these services.
(Learn more about the 8 Common Risks of Cloud Computing by visiting our knowledge center)