Thoughts on the cloud:
The Cloud is maturing at an astonishing rate, it’s a great concept, it has big potential but it has a long way to go, and it’s awesome! The Cloud is as secure as you make it, it’s not a cost savings like it was originally marketed towards, I love the Cloud and there is a time and place for the Cloud.
Having access to data, resources, docs from any platform/device is invaluable. With all these different devices, there are a lot of factors in play that will need to be supported in the Cloud before it can do all we want it to do and all that we dream it can do. The Cloud continues to introduce new capabilities and add tools each quarter in hopes to accommodate the quickly changing needs of technical professionals performing the work and also the end user.
Clients / End Users:
There are some skeptical end users who question security, speed and functionality and maybe just need to be educated a bit on the benefits it can offer them/their business. Even so, for some, it can be tough to wrap your head around the complexity of the Cloud if you’re used to being able to see what you own and how it’s working. In addition, for the Cloud to be successful, it is essential to have a great internet pipe with guaranteed uptime and solid facility wifi coverage. In addition, it is a must to have a knowledgeable person on site that can troubleshoot any issues that might pop up.
Smaller companies and startups, looking to have lower overhead including hardware costs, will be more likely to embrace the Cloud. BUT it still needs to make sense for them. Function over form! This goes back to “there is a time and place”.