W hen it comes to running business related software, Cloud Technology (also know as Cloud Computing) is fast becoming the preferred model for thousands of companies across the globe. Applications running on the cloud not only cost less, but they are easier to maintain, are more reliable, more secure and more scalable than traditional systems. Hold on - What exactly is Cloud Technology?
It’s a fact of life that successful, growing businesses need software to get to where they want to be. Anything from W ord Processors and Spreadsheets, to more complex Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) applications. This software is expensive. Not just the initial costs, but the ongoing maintenance, bandwidth and power requirements. Supporting a team of technical experts to perform upgrades can also be a major headache.
W hat’s more, this is an even bigger problem for SME’s, which need to grow fast and don’t have the resources of large enterprises.
Cloud Technology is the answer. Instead of running the applications yourself, they are run on a shared data centre. All you have to do is plug in and log on, making it cheaper and faster to get started. W ith this in mind, there’s no doubt that Cloud Technology can help accelerate the growth and expansion of your business.
What Makes Cloud Technology Better?
Applications in the cloud are designed to be multi-tenancy, meaning that one application can be shared by thousands of clients. The application is flexible enough to be customised to the requirements of each individual user. The infrastructure is also shared, so things like security, upgrades and maintenance are divided equally between clients. Furthermore, a lot of cloud software is browser-based, so can be run on any Internet-enabled device: from standard PCs and laptops, to mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. Payment is also different. You don’t need to buy anything, simply...