Keeping Up With Cloud Technology
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More and more companies are joining the bandwagon and shifting to ERP cloud solution technologies. Why the shift? It is no longer necessary to buy, build or maintain expensive network equipment for the update and repair of server hardware and software. Cloud ERP providers can now deliver the software via the internet, software that comes installed with the most up-to-date security patches whenever you connect to the cloud.

Cloud computing has enjoyed exponential growth over the last few years and is only expected to increase. As of December 2013, almost 60 percent of current small-to-medium businesses (SMB) use cloud services, and 72 percent of these businesses virtualize substantial portions of their servers (John Grady, March 2014). John Grady, Senior Manager of Product Marketing at XO Communications, lists a few of the major current trends in cloud computing today:

1. Hybrid Clouds. Debate has been ongoing between the merits of public and private cloud models for quite some time. Hybrid clouds have an edge for it combines private cloud security with cost-effective, and scalable public cloud attributes so businesses get more options for personalized solutions. However, small businesses may not be able to afford such technology as the expense of servers in mutiple numbers is not within their IT budget. They can however use the services of a public cloud provider. As hybrid cloud models become more and more mainstream, bigger industries such as the financial sector and healthcare industry take advantage of this setup to have a better workflow within departments and their third party services.

2. BYOD. Given the vast majority of consumer electronics in the world are mobile devices, BYOD or "bring your own device" is increasing in popularity in the world of cloud computing. Consumers use their mobile devices to store data into personal cloud services for streaming, storage, and syncing. This trend would require a means to integrate personal cloud services for company employees in a BYOD environment. As the world goes deeper into globalization, cloud technology makers are now incorporating the use of BYOD into company solutions to help businesses adapt to evolving IT trends. This means getting the right information at the right time and place especially for remote workers, regional and satellite offices.

3. Identity management and protection. A major concern with ERP cloud solution technologies is security. Sensitive businesses information and data are being moved into cloud servers making security paramount. As such, the cloud computing world is anticipating identity management solutions based on new cloud based security paradigms within the next couple of years.

Remote employees will be able to access applications via the Internet from any location with ease. Everyone has a handheld computing device now and with cloud technology, efficiency and the ability to collaborate whether from your desk or on the go will be enhanced. As companies switch to Cloud ERP, maintenance, repair and upgrade services will be done by the provider, freeing up resources for more important, profit-generating projects.


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