So, if more businesses than ever are now on all in on cloud, how are they using it?
Here are the top five uses of cloud computing in 2015 (and beyond):
1. Hybrid: Hybrid cloud makes it possible to bridge incompatible clouds and traditional on-premises environments to operate fluidly as one. As a result, SMBs increase control and security of their data and are able to bring portability to their back and front office applications, thus improving overall productivity and freeing employees to focus on their core mission—innovation—instead of worrying about IT.
2. Infrastructure: Businesses are taking advantage of scaling computing resources on demand and avoiding extra capital expenditure for resources they may only need for a few weeks. All of this is happening while quickly scaling up when they require additional bandwidth, storage or processing power. SMBs are flocking towards infrastructures that offer the flexibility to uniquely design their computing environment the way they know it works best.
3. Test & Development: Open, cloud-based environments are empowering SMBs to quickly innovate, test and launch new applications and solutions, cutting deployment times from months to hours or even minutes in many cases. Even the smallest developer teams are creating business applications with ease and speed, helping them to better serve their market and compete on a global scale.
4. Big Data and Analytics: The cloud is empowering SMBs to take advantage of big data and analytics technology that, through traditional means, would be too costly or complex for them. Now, these small business owners can identify the data that are most meaningful to their business, analyze and act upon key insights. This means uncovering and predicting trends before they happen, fostering a deeper understanding of customers, operations and markets. This enables companies to act when and where the positive business impact is greatest.
5. Mobility: The spread of cloud-based mobile solutions is helping small business owners easily and affordably arm their workforce with key applications and company information on the go. Having valuable customer data or inventory information at the touch of a finger helps improve efficiency and enhances customer relationships as they grow their business. This new level of mobility also enables small entrepreneurial businesses once confined by geography to establish a global presence and improve customer engagement.
Content Credits: ThoughtsonCloud