A key technological growth area in the 21st century has been the development of cloud technologies. From cloud-based file storage and backup platforms to concepts such as “software as a service” (SaaS), more and more companies are using elements of cloud computing in their day-to-day business. But as with any new and developing technologies, it’s easy to misunderstand aspects of how they work and how they can benefit your business. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about cloud technologies.
- Expecting an identical user experience. It’s not unreasonable to expect that cloud computing solutions should offer a similar – or superior – user experience to using a PC with local software and data storage. The reality is that cloud technologies are by their nature highly reliant on your Internet connectivity. If your business is serious about using cloud computing, then you must ensure you have a reliable, high-quality and low-latency Internet connection.
- Underestimating the range of solutions. Gone are the days when “the cloud” generally only referred to online file storage and backup. Today, cloud technologies leveraged by businesses include solutions such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Most cloud computing solutions offered today are modular and flexible, allowing you to pay for only the elements that your company needs at any given time.
- Expecting it to seamlessly work with your existing software or apps. Depending on the types of cloud technologies you deploy in your workplace, you may find that they are not automatically compatible with existing apps or software on your native system. It’s important to take this into account when considering cloud computing solutions, particularly if your business is heavily reliant on a particular piece of existing software.
- Expecting cloud technologies to revolutionize your business. Adopting cloud computing solutions can often help companies achieve efficiencies and cost savings, but it would be a mistake to think of them as a magic bullet that will somehow transform your business overnight. Your use of cloud technologies needs to be informed as part of your broader IT and overall operational strategies if you want it to make a real difference.
The cloud represents a new way for companies to operate certain aspects of their business, but it’s important to be realistic about its potential and realize that some core operations may be best kept offline. That said, cloud technologies are offering more and more ways in which efficiencies can be achieved and costs optimized – if your business hasn’t yet looked at how to utilize cloud computing, it could be time to investigate this ever-evolving branch of technology.