Soaring High in the Clouds
The intricate business of logistics requires companies to be agile and alert possessing open channels of communication with quick access to information. Until recent times logistics companies have relied heavily on the conventional technology solutions for the fulfilment of their needs. However, these solutions are increasingly becoming insufficient to fulfil the ever-growing demands of modern commerce. This is where online or web-based solutions come into play, offering myriad advantages, not available in conventional solutions.
However, for many companies the transition from conventional solutions to web-based solution is a contentious issue. The transition to web-based solutions involves scrapping of the existing infrastructure and investing in a completely new lot. This could severely strain the resources of several companies and could be beyond the reach of small businesses. On the other hand, with several logistics companies moving businesses online using web-based solutions, more and more companies are feeling the pressure to follow suit. It is either that or risk losing business to competition – companies that have already moved. What these companies need is a cost-effective solution that would help them to make the transition to web-based solution.
In recent times Cloud computing seems to be one of the most talked about subjects within various circles in business. Although the technology has been in use for quite some time now, only recently have business started considering this viable and cost-effective means for fulfilling their IT needs. There is yet lot of uncertainty among businesses about Cloud computing that prevents them from adopting it unreservedly.
What exactly is Cloud computing? Simply put Cloud is a computing model providing web-based software and computing resources On-Demand. In essence Cloud computing means having every piece of data for every aspect of your business at your fingertips and ready for use. The advantage with Cloud computing is that the resources are shared and users can access only those they need for a particular task. This prevents you from paying for idle computing resources. Cloud computing can also go beyond cost savings by allowing users to access the latest software and infrastructure offerings to foster business innovation.
There are a number of benefits that accrue from adopting the technology like Reduced Cost, Less Maintenance, Lower Manpower, Flexibility and Mobility. Cloud technology involves no upfront spend, saving organizations money. Cloud computing can be very quick and easy to get up and running. With the vendor taking on the responsibility of software updates no longer do IT personnel need to worry about it. Cloud computing offers much more flexibility than past computing methods - employees can access information wherever they are, rather than having to remain at their desks. No longer do companies have to worry about constant server updates and other computing issues, leaving them free to concentrate on their core operations.
Cloud computing can be an extremely cost-effective and beneficial way for large and small companies to store data and access software. Because of the scalability of cloud computing, it is easy for companies to start small and gradually expand according to their needs. Moreover, it frees them from the clutches of resource crunching chores and reduces their financial burden by bringing down overheads, setting them free to soar high in the clouds.