Cloud computing offers substantial benefits for businesses, namely lower costs, increased performance, scalability, rapid development, increased mobility, virtualized and environment.
Now, if you are seriously considering cloud computing but don’t know where to start or not sure which business function to move to the cloud, here are what the stats say: 46 percent businesses use cloud-based e-mail apps, 40 percent use the cloud for testing and development, and 38 percent of businesses adopting the cloud for backup and disaster recovery purposes. For more interesting facts, check out this cloud computing infographic by UKFast (click to enlarge). At the same time, however, for many, it perhaps feels like cloud hasn’t come far enough - once users get an appetite for technology they want the IT version of the moon on a stick. This is putting increased pressure on already pressurised IT departments and means business and tech decision makers have to provide even more leadership and guidance then ever before. In our first IT Pro report entitled Cloud Computing in 2012, we looked at what cloud is and pondered its potential for business transformation. This report aims to move the story on and arm IT professionals, managers, directors and C-level executives with greater insight into not just what cloud can do for their business, but the other factors they must consider. So how can the two co-exist and what do businesses need to bear in mind and do to get there? Security and privacy continue to be major concerns and barriers when it comes to cloud adoption.
We also run down the storage options available to businesses to help you make the right choice for your organisation. This report also features cases studies from the Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research and Lamborghini so business and technology decision makers can benefit from the experience of others when it comes to the cloud. All in all, we hope this report provides you with answers to some key questions and leaves you feeling ready to take cloud to the next level in your organisation rather than taking a step back.

If you are still considering whether moving to the cloud is the way to go, here’s a fact for you: 80 percent of businesses adopting the cloud experienced improvement within 6 months of cloud computing adoption. Everywhere we look, the cloud seems to be there - it’s like the industry is a film with the cloud on an overt product placement mission. It would be wrong to suggest every business, in every sector, is going to rip and replace what they’ve always had and go 100 per cent cloud.
To get insights into this accelerated trend, backed up by solid original research, we turned to David Scarola, vice president of The Alternative Board (TAB).“Cloud computing isn’t really computing, of course,” David says. We get real time updates on Facebook and Twitter, constantly keeping abreast of activity taking place anywhere in the world at a given time, and so it makes sense that this way of creating and processing should also lend itself to the way we work.
With cloud technology, all documents and information are centralised in one place, accessible anywhere at any time too. For those willing to use it, some appreciate the added productivity and easy access to data, and are actually excited.
Cloud- computing also means that you and your team, your partners and your clients can all work on documents at the same time too-even if you are not in the same space, without the need to continually ping emails back and forth.
These are the types of people who love to play in the sandbox, who love being cutting-edge early adopters. Because cloud computing also has strong disaster recovery capabilities costs allocated to making repairs is also minimal. Others see cloud computing as a necessary evil and they do the minimum.”People who have spent time using clunky homegrown systems, he adds, appreciate the way that the mobile computing revolution has focused on ease of use. Great Examples of Cloud Software to Make Your Life Easier TrelloBeing well organised and keeping abreast of all your projects and deadlines key to business success.

But day to day, it can be easy to get stuck focusing on particular tasks and forget about upcoming or other on-going projects - having a cloud based project management tool, such as Trello makes this easier for you.
Here, you can download the executive summary and see the infographic.“I’m very surprised by answers given about risk,” David told us, “having expected concerns to be much higher. In the fast paced world of the twenty first century, the old school tact of having fluorescent post notes littering your walls, floors and coffee cups just won't cut it. I’m glad to see that folks have transitioned from fear once they made the cloud conversion – and I’m glad to see that, as they become more knowledgeable about and comfortable with cloud computing, the sense of risk went down.”How cloud computing changes hiring and staffing“You need to hire differently in this age,” David says. With Sage depending on your business needs, you'll have a software package that enables HR and payroll management, time tracking, invoicing and accounting, plus more. GliffyEveryone knows that communicating ideas or important information in business takes on many forms, and in the digital age, with fewer people reading, using visual means is often the first choice.
Whether you need an organizational chart for your team, flow charts for your projects or business processes, SWOT analysis for assessing and reviewing the strengths and weakness Gliffy is a great cloud based solution that enables to create and share a variety of visual presentations for your business.A post by Tej Adeleye (1 Posts)Tej Adeleye is author at LeraBlog. You may also like:Prepare Yourself before Choosing Cloud ComputingCompanies that offer cloud computing continues to experience strong interest from customers who want the benefits that this type of IT service can offer. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments via email.

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