Cloud computing has moved from a mystery to a must-have in most offices. Most software, including Intacct or Sage accounting software, is now available in cloud-based versions that make it easier for offices to add powerful resources to their technology. What will the cloud hold for businesses in 2017?
More Businesses Migrating to the Cloud
Despite the prevalence of cloud-based software, some businesses still aren’t in the cloud. As more businesses catch on to the many benefits of the cloud based approach – better data access, real time analytics, less cost – more will join the cloud. Fortunately, the cloud can expand to accommodate these and many more businesses. Shared servers, easier partitioning, and other cloud resources will help fit these late adopters onto the cloud along with the others already reaping the benefits.
Security, Automation, and Legacy Systems Remain Challenging
Throughout the cloud computing world, three areas have consistently remained challenging: security, automation, and legacy systems.
Security remains the top concern for cloud computing providers. They take great care to secure their clients’ data, but sophisticated hackers continue their work, too. New security measures continue to grow out of the challenges faced by cloud companies.
Automation is also important. Automating tasks, especially routine tasks, can save businesses a great deal of time. Automated backups, for example, can ensure that your data is safely stored in case of system failures or other problems. These and other automated tasks can add great value to your cloud system.
Legacy systems aren’t as much of an issue for Sage customers as the software company has committed to regular updates that bring the latest technology to existing systems.
In the past, companies touted an all-or-nothing approach that focused on an all-cloud strategy. Today, many cloud computing companies recognize that some businesses still need to keep one foot in legacy systems and one in the cloud. These so-called hybrid systems blend traditional technology with cloud solutions so that businesses achieve a flexible model that suits their needs. Gartner predicted that 50% of all companies will use a hybrid cloud model by 2017.
Growth of the Public Cloud
Clouds are divided into public and private spaces. Private clouds are hosted by companies (usually large companies) to provide cloud-based software to their own users. Public clouds are those shared by many users. A good example of a public cloud is Google Docs; this storage facility welcomes millions daily to work on documents and store them in a public cloud.
The public cloud is expected to continue to grow throughout 2017, with both businesses and individuals driving demand for cloud space.
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Cloud computing offers many benefits. You can scale your solution up or down according to your company needs; seasonal fluctuations are also no problem with a cloud solution. ERP, CRM, and many other services can use through the cloud. Contact us or call 1-888-650-5544.
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