Cloud computing can be a powerful ally if you are attempting to streamline various projects within your business.
There are a variety of issues which can stifle an initiative before it is really given the chance to blossom, but with the cloud you can turn fertile ideas into workable products and services at a faster rate than ever.
So, what are the ways in which cloud computing can speed up projects and should you put cloud adoption on your business to-do list?
Cloud computing is fundamentally powerful because unlike other IT solutions it does not rely on a fixed set of components that have a maximum capacity for processing and storage. Instead, you are granted access to a scalable environment that will morph to suit your current needs. This means your projects will never be limited by on-premises hardware and you can get through data and processor-intensive tasks without hitting a bottleneck.
Cloud computing services are typically based in bespoke data centres, which are created to handle the heaviest loads from multiple users at the same time, so when a deadline is looming and you do not want to expose your project to technical restrictions, it is definitely the way to go.
The cloud can be used to host software applications and related services of all kinds and because the programs are running on remote hardware, there is no need to worry about installing, testing and acquiring the necessary licences to use them on your business workstations.
In fact, because the cloud operates over a network connection, there are even less issues with compatibility because lots of the apps can be accessed from within a standard web browser. This means there is generally less hassle involved with getting a project up and running and you can also use cloud services from a wider variety of devices.
Perhaps the most important aspect of any project is the collaborative environment that exists to enable various colleagues to come together and create something meaningful.
In the past this would often have necessitated some travelling or conferencing, making it difficult for decisions to be made quickly, particularly when operating a large-scale initiative that might involve people from different departments, sites or even businesses.
The cloud is particularly conducive to uncomplicated collaboration, because you can put the entire working environment online and make it easy for everyone involved to make changes and see what progress is being made in real time.
In addition, the cloud allows for remote workers and team members to get involved wherever they happen to be based, which means that you can collaborate internationally without encountering any of the obstacles that this used to entail.
You might imagine that the benefits of the cloud would come with a big caveat of costliness preventing more businesses from migrating, but this is generally a false assumption.
In fact, there are many circumstances in which harnessing the cloud can help you to cut your expenses when collaborating on projects. All the advantages above endow your company with the ability to reduce spending on hardware, software licensing and travel.
In the meantime, cloud computing is available on demand so that you only pay for what you require, rather than having to fork up a fixed sum for a system that may not be adequate for your needs, or conversely may exceed them and thus be an inefficient use of funds.
The businesses that use cloud computing to speed up projects are putting themselves at a competitive advantage, so dragging your feet can be quite costly in the long run.
This article is published in association with Daisy Group plc, a leading independent unified communications provider.