The move from tapes to compact discs was a shift but largely of like kind. The shift from CD to MP3 was a shift much more dramatic and fundamental. This is why iTunes, ringtones, Spotify, Rhapsody and others could have been developed at the time of the CD but were not until the MP3 and other ways to package music up in a digital, portable file were created.
I can’t imagine life any other way.
An equally fundamental shift has taken place related to how software is created, delivered, used, and updated. Instead of being delivered on DVDs (like a CD but able to store more data), they are delivered in whole or in part over the Internet. In fact, many of us use these so-called “cloud” services and don’t even realize it. Anyone with a smartphone like the iPhone or an Amazon Kindle is using the “cloud” to purchase apps, get updates, and read books and the paper.
LegalZoom.com mentioned some reasons why the “cloud” is becoming so popular for small and medium sized businesses.
Today, increasing numbers of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are turning to the cloud for their technology needs. If you haven’t already heard of “the cloud,” cloud computing enables SMBs to access software and services via the Internet, rather than through local hard drives and servers. This method of computing has made it easier and more affordable for SMBs to use enterprise-grade technology solutions provided by third-party providers rather than invest in expensive technology, more personnel and system upgrades. These major cost savings explain why so many businesses have exchanged expensive storage systems and servers for the convenience and power of the cloud.
The article mentions four reasons for this cumulus craving:
- Increased security and reliability
- Lower costs
We would like to add an additional benefit and encourage a similar innovation within your teams.
The cloud provides applications that are securely accessible from any location with an Internet connection. This is covered in the first item mentioned, Mobility, and specifically mentions remote team members. However, we felt it deserved special mention that choosing cloud based services provides a competitive advantage by allowing you to retain the best help, whether they can work in your office or not. This greatly increases your recruiting options and allows you to take advantage of services like us with relative ease as the systems that make your business work are ready to be worked remotely.