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The abundance of cloud possibilities & developments would be enough to make it the future of business, but there’s more to it

When one first starts scratching the surface of what cloud computing is and what its business applications can be, it soon becomes very obvious that there are innumerable layers to it. Even those who are passionate about the subject learn new things and discover new avenues on a daily basis. If they have the time, on an hourly basis.

In fact, if we were coldly logical, this mere abundance of cloud computing possibilities and developments would be enough to make it the future of business. However, there is much more to it.

It Makes Business More Democratic
While there are shades to it, the world of business can roughly be divided into the big players and the small ones that are facing innumerable obstacles on their way to becoming one of the big players. It should be pointed out that the big players here are those really big corporations that employ thousands of people and operate with budgets that are wishful thinking for anyone smaller.

It goes without saying that such huge corporations have access to more IT tools and other technologies that help them further the lead over smaller companies. Or at least this was the case before the novel pricing mechanism of cloud-based tools and services changed everything.

There are still solutions that are out of small companies' price range, but they are at least getting a taste of all the help big players have had for decades.

No matter how you cut it, this is a remarkable development and something that will make the future of business more exciting.

It Makes IT More Versatile
One of the most impactful constraints of the traditional IT model in business is that the various solutions are usually tailored to fit a certain company during a certain period of time. This is true for both the traditional in-house IT solutions, as well as those bought from outside vendors. The scope of their services and products will be as tightly focused as possible, which makes any change quite difficult.

For example, let's imagine a company that for a long time employed fewer than 50 people. A few years ago, they purchased a piece of HR software which offered various packages, one of which was tailored to companies with up to 50 people. All of a sudden, this imaginary company takes on another 40 people and their old software is not capable of handling so many people. Upgrading will require a lot of time and since it is a change in the contract, it will require a lot of money too. All in all, it is a hassle.

With cloud-based solutions, this is much easier. Our hypothetical company would be able to upgrade their modern employee management software in matter of hours, without skipping a beat. In the case of downgrades, this can be even more money-saving.

It is in the nature of cloud computing to offer improved versatility.

It Improves Connections
Perhaps the most important aspect of cloud computing in business is its ability to create new connections and to enhance them f on a number of levels and with a number of ultimate goals in mind.

At the basic level, there is improved communication within a company where different teams and different members of those teams can collaborate on projects and individual tasks without someone having to set everything up and provide the supporting "infrastructure" for this collaboration.

From the standpoint of a manager or an owner, cloud computing allows for a better overview of the company, the various aspects of its functioning and the immense amounts of potentially applicable data that is brought to life on day-to-day basis. They are more connected with the overall state of the company they manage.

From a more theoretical standpoint, cloud computing is the only realistically viable way to support and drive forward the most advanced data analysis and manipulation techniques. Ordinary, siloed systems have long stopped being powerful enough to handle the amounts of data that the world of business is seeing today and that will only grow in the future. Connections that are enabled by cloud computing are the only ones capable of dragging the business world into the future.

Closing Word
These are just some of the reasons why cloud computing is the way of the future for the world of business. If need be, all of the aspects covered above could be divided into smaller and more detailed applications and advantages of cloud computing.

More Stories By Nate Vickery

Nate M. Vickery is a business consultant from Sydney, Australia. He has a degree in marketing and almost a decade of experience in company management through latest technology trends. Nate is also the editor-in-chief at bizzmarkblog.com.

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