Cloud Update

The way we access data, files and applications is changing due to the rapid proliferation of cloud services. This is having a significant impact on the way consumers and businesses use computers and devices for entertainment, purchasing and to conduct business.

Consumers are moving away from personal computers and embracing multiple devices that run apps to access cloud based social media, shopping and entertainment. This technology is disrupting traditional business models like the post office, cable and satellite TV and brick and mortar stores.

Businesses are moving to solutions that allow employees to use any device from any location to access software application, file storage and communication. The public and private cloud network technologies required to build and deliver this capability are forcing developers, hardware manufacturers and solution providers to innovate while older technologies and system designs become obsolete.

When we started looking at how these advancements would impact people and organizations over 10 years ago, when no one could predict how fast the technologies would mature and how quick the adoption of new systems and services would occur. What is clear now is that these changes are pervasive and that the speed of development and adoption is accelerating. So what does this mean for you, your business and your future? Here are some things to consider:

Consumers – Technology advances promise to reduce costs and increase choices for how you consume entertainment, shop and manage finances. Make sure you are reviewing monthly services fees and features for the technologies you use like cell phone service, television and internet access.

With more entertainment choices from cloud service providers like Amazon and Hulu, consumers are rethinking the way they buy TV, movies and music, with the goal of reducing satellite and cable bills. Cellular carriers are also revising the way they package monthly service fees largely driven by the greater adoption of more cellular devices and increased access to widely available Wi-Fi signals for internet access. Look at your cellular data plans and consider new offerings and bundles that can cut your monthly fees considerably, especially if you use Wi-Fi connections at home and work instead of cellular data transfers.

Business Services – Every business should be adopting public cloud services, building private/public solutions or planning their cloud strategy. You need to understand basic cloud jargon and acronyms like multi-tenant, colocation and SaaS.

Make sure you are reviewing your critical line of business applications and IT systems and that you understand the developer’s and provider’s cloud strategies. These strategies may impact the way you deploy, consume and pay for these applications, systems and services in the future. You should also look at how the cloud is disrupting other technology solutions that you use such as your office equipment, phones, communications and web marketing.

Just this week one of our clients made and interesting comment regarding technology and the workforce. He said that their newest employees, typically college graduates, are expecting them to have the latest software, hardware and technology solutions. I believe that the adoption of cloud technologies and services will be one of the keys to attracting top talent and ultimate business success.