Technology Solutions: Clouds Computing

The unpredictable nature of the economy has prompted the need for quick, active and very secure underlying IT structures which are friendly to the environment and focused on business. More businesses, struggle to have that competitive advantage, and therefore, turn to the immense potentials technology offers. The latest achievements in technology have been carefully checked to avoid being caught up in the hype that comes with the redistribution of IT roles. An overhaul of the strategy focused on hosted solutions, needs to be done, and now! Change is imminent...

Cloud computing has become one of the major ways to become a leader in today's highly competitive market.Every minute of downtime is a minute less to the lifespan of a business. Cloud computing changes the conventional structure of corporate data center that is stationed on company premises. In its stead, systems are situated in more secure outsourced data centers, public or private. Private clouds are used exclusively for a single company, while public clouds have multiple users. It's therefore important to do more research to determine what cloud configuration is best fit, especially as regards legal and privacy requirements.

Most IT departments across all industries, share similar challenges which include, budget cuts, personnel downsizing, and the huge pressure to prove that technology is the solution to key business issues.

Many IT departments lack foresight and are more focused on daily network tending and spending huge amounts of money on sustaining core systems in use. This approach discourages innovation, process development and attaining strategic business heights.

A business can gain a competitive edge by giving space for the introduction of strategic initiatives.The vast and likely inexhaustible benefits of cloud computing make it very attractive, maybe even indispensable to most of

The pressing challenges businesses face today: from upgrading data entry applications, launching new collaboration portals, to a total change of the demanding e-mail systems. All of these solutions are encompassed within the cloud.

Previously, most of these were fixed by engineers of all sorts but hosted solutions now provide all the information without the heavy staffing cost.Creating a partnership with a trusted and tested IT solutions provider, will have a

Great effect on the success of your infrastructure. A good hosting provider will act as an extension of your IT department, providing solutions to the organization's challenges discovered in the new IT strategic approach. Both of your successes are intertwined.

The emailing system is the foremost communication system in a 21st century workplace and grows complex daily. It eliminates the need to drain employee time of sending reports and updates by increasing information flow to customers and employees which is further enhanced by its automated nature.

There has been an upward surge in the number of applications development to integrate with the company's messaging system, some of which generate bills automatically, while others, and send out vital project warnings and notifications.

Barring a good knowledge of each of its many parts, integration potentials might get lost, leaving companies in the danger of lost internal and external communication and translates to bad customer service and decrease in profit.

Tremendously, the cloud has proven itself to be a huge success in replacing the conventional business email environment. Software, server replacements and constant applications trainings costs, make it an expensive system to maintain. Yet, time spent tending to IT facilities, takes away from valuable time, streamlining of old and costly systems. Your competition awaits even the tiniest slip, so, you need to step up and stay up!

A good example is that of a medium scale business. It operated on an aging Microsoft exchange system, in which, the mail box, had reached its maximum size with no chance of adding more message stores. The three backup servers were almost ten years old and expectedly, were experiencing hardware malfunctions. An expensive solution of investing in new hard ware’s and software’s appeared to be the only solution. Fortunately, the IT management realized the benefits of the Microsoft exchange hosting solution (cloud). It sought out a reputable hosting provider to address this issue. With careful planning, and conscious execution, local servers were installed in the outsourced data center, and the results were remarkable.

In the first month of the transition, calls to the help desk reduced by more than 10%, e-mail availability became higher than ever. System updates and maintenance were performed regularly by the new exchange team, Key Performance Indicators were monitored. Issues were detected and resolved immediately.

There was pronounced commitment and pro activity that wasn't attainable with the old team and structure. The transition eliminated the need to purchase new servers, latest software upgrade and impromptu hardware costs. Instead, the monthly hosting cost, helped to keep the IT budget balanced and there was prudent spending. There was also an e-compliant archiving platform and a major anti-spam solution to deter strange intrusions and save up more money.

The entire technology revamp, translated into better customer service and the company was stronger for it, with a vibrant, flexible e-mail system and detailed electronic built trail. To crown it up, am approximate &50,000 was saved annually along with a reduced carbon emission via the retirement of old servers.

As adaptive and innovative technology people, we must block out every thought of the conventional judgment of success that is based on network uptime and relying on backup. We should think and build formidable IT plans, together with business executives and open our eyes to new methods and renewable possibilities. Technology can really live up to the expectation of being a business upholder and cloud computing is a veritable and sure tool to get accountable business outcomes, merging information technology into business technology.