The Cloud And Hype: Is The Buzz Still To Come?
Cloud computing is taking over the tech-world, both in terms of hype and clientele. Just like any new invention, cloud computing has become an everyday topic in discussions, webinars and social gatherings. Conventions hinged on technological growth have had their share of input, making it possible for lay to display concerted effort in understanding this baffling phenomenon.
The diversity in views and implications of cloud computing has made it impossible for individuals in the industry to shun from prospecting. Prospects regarding issues facing cloud computing seem to overtake the propositions associated with the advantages and benefits originating from adoption of the service. As at now, users and non-users have a single concern: The cost-benefit analysis of joining the buzz.
Traditional computing has been around for a while now, making it less challenging. Competing on this platform places organizations in the same category as the millions of organizations who rely on IT for competitiveness. As a result, it has become necessary, even for public service entities to join the cloud, as they move away from the inefficiencies of contemporary computing.
Opponents of cloud computing are wary of the underlying exposure, and are keen on confirm success and failure stories from entities speaking from experience. Professional views from experts have strengthened the fear of cloud computing, especially considering that it is impossible to predict what tomorrow brings. In spite of the projected benefits of cloud computing, it is impossible to be certain of the future.
On the other hand, those who have already ventured into cloud computing still wonder why some people prefer ‘contemporary’ when ‘futuristic’ is here. Actually, the changeover from manual to digital systems faced similar challenges, making it highly impossible that absolute benefits can be assured. However, demand-side approach to cloud computing focused on expansion due to the availability of clients’ points towards a bright future for proponents of this new technology. If companies and individuals sit back and expect the cloud to roll out to perfection before committing, the expansion of cloud computing is bound to be delayed.
As a product of the information age, cloud computing is actually a victim of its success. People are aware of the benefits and risks associated with cloud computing, even before investing in it. Earlier on, investment in automation was plagued by the lack of information, making the mysterious source of competitive advantage. Right now, the situation is different, and organizations do not have the luxury of trial and error strategy implementation techniques.
Normally, hype is good for business, as long as positive messages are hyped more than negative elements. Unfortunately, modern day customers are keen getting the two sides of the story, and most of the time it is the negative elements that impact most.
Complementary or supplementary? Which way is cloud computing moving?
The actual and projected successes of cloud computing are built on the benefits of IT to the business place. As an improvement to the existing infrastructure, cloud computing has enhanced the catalogue of benefits drawn from consumption of IT. So, is cloud computing here to supplement or complement IT as we know it today?
IT products are mainly backed by hardware and software components, most of which have driven the growth and development in the industry. Investment in research and development of advanced hardware and software products has played a major role in revenue-generating capabilities of companies in this industry. The infrastructure and platforms associated with cloud computing will shift such roles and responsibilities from the existing firms to cloud service providers. You may call some sort of ‘middleman arrangement’ or a new player in the supply chain, but cloud computing is bound to become a major element in the delivery of IT services.
In light of this, most hardware and software companies have moved to establish themselves as cloud service providers. Probably, this is a divestment strategy, but it is clear that hardware and software services will be completely different under cloud computing.
Outsourcing has enhanced the availability of labor across the globe, introducing the global employee. How is cloud computing expected to affect this industry? Currently, most individuals and organizations rely on outsourcing as a complement and supplement to hiring and access to human capital. With a higher number of companies expected to rely on outsourcing for this purpose, it is important to understand the impact of cloud computing to outsourcing.
Easier access to software and hardware components is bound to sharpen the capabilities of contractors, thereby elevating the quality of their services. Enhanced connectivity is bound to enhance the horizons in outsourcing, with a larger number of individuals able to work from any corner of the globe. Outsourcing has long been plagued by the differences in infrastructure between clients and contractors. Hardware and connectivity differences across the globe have reduced the compatibility of systems, making it impossible to draw maximum benefits from the strategy. With the entry of cloud computing, hardware and connectivity challenges will be handled by cloud service providers, making it possible for compatibility challenges to be eliminated.
Although changes in the platforms have the ability to enhance the aspects of outsourcing, it is necessary for entities to realize that the contractors and clients may not have undergone an upgrade. Most of the challenges and benefits of outsourcing will be enhanced, making it a double-edged sword.
By Rick Watson