We have been hearing for a few years now that business systems will largely move to the cloud, though until fairly recently, enterprises have been reluctant to move away from the traditional client server model.
In conversations with clients and contacts over the last year or so there has been a seismic shift from “we are considering it” to “we are actively planning for it”.
As companies start to embrace digital transformation, cloud adoption has really taken a front seat. It has become the key component of digital strategy; transforming business operations with innovation that impacts every aspect of a company’s front and back office, not to mention their customer interactions. The drivers for the transformation frequently revolve around agility, scale, cost savings, collaboration, system and location independence.
I’m showing my age but I have been advising accountants and businesses on software related matters since long before ‘software as a service’ became a viable option. Back in the dark days of dial-up (or even pre-then, if you think back), client/server or standalone solutions were the only route. I can recall configuring systems with several geographically separate databases that would (or should) update changes across the systems at predetermined times, via a dial up modem.
Glancing over at the bookshelves in my office I can still see several old books “MCSE Teach yourself…, DOS Quick Reference, Using Windows 3.1, Novell Management” etc. I’ll probably never open them again but I’ve not had the heart, or ruthlessness to throw them out. They’ve become redundant, legacy information but in a way, they catalogue the progress and the changes that have occurred almost without us noticing.
Technology changes the way we work. It’s not always predictable but I think the seeds of change regarding cloud computing were sown twenty odd years ago when internet adoption started to happen. Cloud meant something different back then; we talked about SAAS – Software as a Service.
The arrival of the smartphone, many would point to the original iPhone. I’d been using an XDA Windows phone for years before then and didn’t see it as a game changer but it was. It brought pocket computing to the masses and the move to cloud computing was sealed
Digital Transformation is not actually about technology, it is more about how businesses integrate these technologies to help them transform and improve. Shifting from an on-premise infrastructure to the cloud is not simply an IT matter; it is a strategic move that will bring value to the business as a whole. It’s no longer an if. but a when.
There are many different cloud computing solutions – hybrid, hosted, SaaS, Cloud – and it can be daunting to figure out what the differences are and exactly what your company needs. At Octopus Blue we understand this, it’s our passion. We would love to steer you through the maze and help you form a plan for your own successful cloud implementation.
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