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The Definition of Cloud Computing - Revisited

The cloud has been at the center of the IT conversation for more than a decade now.The cloud has been at the center of the IT conversation for more than a decade now. But for much of that time the discussion has focused on the core benefits of the cloud – cost, simplicity, and flexibility – rather than its ongoing evolution. As a result, we tend to talk about the cloud as it existed 10 years ago rather than how it exists today.

Even casual cloud adopters are familiar with cloud storage. And most enterprise users understand the concepts of Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Those are still at the center of the modern cloud, but they have been enhanced with many sophisticated new capabilities.

The complete capability of today's cloud is what most often goes underestimated. People tend to still see the cloud as an alternative to their existing IT. It's better to think of it as an easy and economical way to upgrade that IT and introduce world-class capabilities to smaller-sized organizations. Here are a few examples:

Big Data Analytics

Generating insights from huge data sets is a strategic asset but also a huge undertaking. The cloud offers access to various types of analytic resources at minimal cost and with little technical expertise required. Taking full advantage of data does not have to require a major capital investment in new IT and staff.

User-Defined Automation

Managing today's growing workloads is an inefficient use of resources when it's possible at all. Sophisticated automation can handle huge volumes and complex tasks in a fraction of the time and with minimal instance of error. The cloud makes these capabilities accessible to more organizations, instantly impacting productivity and accuracy.

Business Continuity

Today's cloud is uniquely capable of insulating companies from disruptions. Scaling capabilities up or down is more seamless than ever. And the safety and certainty of the cloud are stronger than ever, making it the preferred place to store sensitive data.

Enterprise Integration

Now that the cloud is so vast and varied, it's the ideal place for integrating various systems into one perfect tool. Technologies designed for the cloud are also designed to work with each other. Those capabilities combine into a sum that is greater than its parts and impossible to achieve outside the cloud.

The cloud used to be defined as an option. Now it's defined as an opportunity. And shortly it will be defined as an obligation. If you're not thinking cloud first you're holding your organization back.

Sage Intacct cloud ERP is a great example of all that the cloud can do. This leading cloud application is an all-in-one solution for accounting and finance. After implementation, your accounting department, and by extension your entire enterprise, are transformed. Contact the cloud experts at AcctTwo for a complimentary consultation.

Topics: Cloud Computing / SaaS Cloud computing