Technology is making the world a better place. Innovative solutions to a host of problems are rapidly being developed and businesses can work smarter, with more efficiency than ever before. But, until recently, most SMBs were left struggling to catch up because in-house IT capabilities were unable to meet growing demands. Essentially, unable to tap into the revolutionary strides being made in communication connectivity and functionality.
However, cloud computing is changing that dynamic. Rather than having to invest in large quantities of hardware, software, and an extensive IT staff to run your business applications, any sized enterprise can utilise new technologies to enhance their operations. These three examples are just the beginning, but can give you an idea of the advantages of cloud computing capabilities around the globe.
aas (as-a-service) Solutions
Since the main purpose of cloud computing (either public, private, or hybrid) is to provide easy, scalable access to computing resources and IT services through web-based processing, the as-a-service model has grown exponentially.
Cloud applications, also called SaaS (Software as a Service), deliver commercial software over the Internet. This eliminates the need to instal, run and maintain the application on your own hardware, and ensures seamless usability. Your vendor supplies the infrastructure and you get the benefits.
SaaS solutions can handle everything from email and VoIP, to data processing and MDM (mobile device management). Office 365 is a great example of this type of innovative technology.
Another recent innovation in cloud computing is the ability it gives businesses to develop a framework for mobility. In today’s current business climate, it’s often necessary to have office tools available outside of the office. Indeed, the BYOD (bring your own device) explosion is steadily removing the barriers to a mobile workforce in a mobile workplace.
By mobilising your enterprise applications with cloud-based applications you can realise swift benefits that include increased productivity, improved business agility, and higher customer satisfaction. Enhanced security protocols help control which employees have access to what type of data, when and where.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a confusing concept for many people. Moreover, many SMBs are unaware about what it is, its purpose, or why they should concern themselves with it. But, the IoT is the next big revolutionary change, and it will eventually influence everyone’s life in positive ways.
Also known as ‘pervasive computing’ or ‘ambient intelligence,’ the IoT is basically a system of connected sensors that are designed to make the software and services of the cloud more useful. And, truly, as this technology develops further, it will have a considerable impact on the way almost every business (particularly SMBs) operates.
For example, inexpensive pressure sensors can monitor foot traffic into a retail or restaurant establishment and transfer the data to analytic software. The information can help business managers know the optimum time to deliver specific marketing strategies, when additional staff hours are needed, or allow them to react swiftly to unanticipated consumer demand. Business can use the sensors in relation to a loyalty program or in service based performance. Some examples include RFID tags that attach to dry clean items to prevent loss, and which notify the owner when the item is ready for pick-up; or atmospheric sensors that display the name and favourite drink of a patron at a local coffee shop. The possibilities are truly limitless.
By embracing these innovative technologies, your business can be ready for the changes that are coming, and successfully compete in today’s global marketplace.