Why should companies embrace the cloud? Here are two quick analogies to help explain the power of the cloud and the easy low maintenance benefits of cloud computing
Analogy 1 – The Car that Changed its own Oil: Do you change the engine oil in your vehicle or do you have someone else do it? What if the car just magically changed its own oil – you are not sure how it happens – it just happens. What would that mean? Other than the fact that you might miss the burnt coffee in the waiting area of Jiffy Lube, the car would be easier to own and maintain.
Let’s take this same analogy one step further. What if you woke up and your car had an upgraded engine and new features on the dashboard?
The analogy is similar to how business applications run in the cloud. “The Cloud” or cloud computing allows businesses to pay a predictable monthly fee to have access to their line of business applications (example: CRM) over the internet with little to no maintenance. Organizations no longer have to buy software licenses, pay annual software maintenance, buy servers to install software, buy supporting software for the servers, pay someone to install, look after, maintain, upgrade, trouble shoot the server, or support all the software. Most if not all of the monitoring, maintenance, upgrades, and tune ups are done in the cloud. Hence, cloud solutions provide low (or no) maintenance options.
What about new features and new technology? Technology in general always seems to be changing. It is difficult for organizations to stay on top of and leverage new technology as it becomes available. A system upgrade is stilled viewed as a very big deal – as they tend to be costly, time-consuming, and disruptive. The cloud is changing much or all of this old way of thinking. Businesses can have their systems in the cloud upgraded automatically and the cost is usually included in their monthly cloud fee.
Analogy 2 – Escalator: The cloud is like being on a technology escalator. As technology changes and improves over time, you simply ride each new advancement and wave and you are not left behind. In the cloud, you get upgrades, new features, and new technology with little or no effort, little or no additional cost, and little or no disruption. You are on the technology escalator.
Let’s take Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online as an example of robust cloud computing with easy maintenance that gets you on that escalator. There is no software license to buy or own. It is simply $44 per user per month. The fee includes all the hosting on powerful servers along with technical support and upgrades. You truly are on a technology escalator as you leverage new CRM features and advanced technology with each automatic upgrade (upgrades are scheduled so you are well aware in advance). It is easy to use and you don’t have to think about changing the oil.
If your organization is tired of maintaining systems in-house or struggling with costly upgrades, the cloud is worth considering.
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