The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Updates
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Smoke
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Obscurity

The Cloud And Hype: Is The Buzz Still To Come?

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

Watson

Rick has been involved in computer technology for the last 17 years as a consultant to a number of Fortune 500 corporations. He is an avid reader of Sci-Fi books and is a big fan of collecting and restoring old sports cars.

Latest posts by Watson (see all)

One Response to The Cloud And Hype: Is The Buzz Still To Come?

Popular

Cloud Migration – 10 ‘Do it Right’ Tips

Cloud Migration – 10 ‘Do it Right’ Tips

Cloud Migration – 10 ‘Do it Right’ Tips Businesses continue to adopt the cloud at break neck speed. Inherent benefits like lower operational costs, no infrastructure overheads, and quick access to better technology make cloud a very attractive proposition for businesses, especially start-ups and SMEs. However moving from legacy to the cloud environment has its…

Cloud Infographic: Corporate IT Security Stats

Cloud Infographic: Corporate IT Security Stats

Cloud Infographic: Corporate IT Security Stats Each week on CloudTweaks we provide a few shoutouts to companies who provide engaging and interesting infographics that reflect our readers interests.  In this case, we have an excellent infographic provided by the team at arellia.com which takes a closer look at cyber-security and some of the biggest malware threats…

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

The Internet of Things Is About To Explode By 2020, Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion worldwide. It’s an astoundingly large figure given that the sector barely existed three years ago. We are now rapidly evolving toward a world in which just about everything will become…

Cloud Computing Services Perfect For Your Startup

Cloud Computing Services Perfect For Your Startup

Cloud Computing Services Perfect For Your Startup Chances are if you’re working for a startup or smaller company, you don’t have a robust IT department. You’d be lucky to even have a couple IT specialists. It’s not that smaller companies are ignoring the value and importance of IT, but with limited resources, they can’t afford…

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

Review Before Investing In Data Analytics Big data, when handled properly, can lead to big change. Companies in a wide variety of industries are partnering with data analytics companies to increase operational efficiency and make evidence-based business decisions. From Kraft Foods using business intelligence (BI) to cut customer satisfaction analysis time in half, to a…

Recent

Cloud Infographic: Backing Up And Storing Your Data Is No Joke

Cloud Infographic: Backing Up And Storing Your Data Is No Joke

Backing Up And Storing Your Data Is No Joke When was the last time you backed up any of your precious documents on your hard drive? March 31st was the annual “World Backup Day” which helps create awareness of the importance of backing up your files.  Tech professionals and consumers alike can benefit from backing up.…

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats of IT Managers In years past, the IT department of most large organizations was much like a version of Middle Earth: a mysterious nether world where people who seemed infinitely smarter than the rest of us bustled around, speaking and typing languages that appeared indecipherable, yet, which made our world work. They…

Savvy Businesses Leverage Enterprise Cloud PaaS

Savvy Businesses Leverage Enterprise Cloud PaaS

Savvy Businesses Leverage Enterprise Cloud PaaS Imagine a workshop full of tools: hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. These simple tools can be used on a variety of materials: wood, brick, polymer and so on. But are these basic tools the best and enough for all materials and all projects? No, some projects require more specialized tools.…

Sponsored Posts

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Mobility For Your Employees It may seem a radical notion, the idea of selling your business to the people who work for you, but this is the era in which we now work. Employees of all levels are all incredibly aware of their options when it comes to mobility and employability. This doesn’t mean that…

Cloud Logo Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7


Contributor Spotlight

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Branded Content Programs

Advertising