It seems that everyone has a cloud now. The exhibition halls at CeBIT and Connect are full of vendors offering one. IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Google, Oracle, Adobe, Rackspace, and the list goes on and on.
And the reason is obviously that for many businesses it just makes so much commercial sense. Cloud computing, which basically means using computer servers located in a datacentre to allow access to software and data, continues to grow globally because for so many businesses this is so.
According to our friends at habitat3, a recent study by Goldman Sachs found that financial spend on cloud computing will grow at 30% from 2013 through 2018, while Forrester Research predicts global cloud spending to increase by 21% in 2016 over 2015 levels.
The reason so many businesses are looking to cloud provided services, is that like all of us they want to manage their businesses in the most efficient way possible while reducing risks and gaining the flexibility to adapt to the unexpected.
At its heart, Cloud computing offers businesses some valuable benefits:
- Better cash flow: avoiding capital expenditure for server hardware
- Guaranteed fixed cost: paying a combined monthly fee for support, hardware and licences
- Access to Resources: extra hardware on tap so running out of computing power is a thing of the past.
- Security: cloud providers invest heavily in large scale security, redundancy and backup systems so you don't have to.
Cloud computing is typically not cheaper than traditional in-house hardware once all the costs are taken into account, but it should be expected to offer a higher quality and added value for similar cost, with a greater level of predictability over time. The market is pretty competitive, so it's worth taking the time to look around.
Mobileezy is now fully supported in a cloud environment. It works with MYOB AccountRight online or offline and with Xero online. It has a cloud-based relay server for synchronisation that 'just works' wherever the mobile devices and desktop may be located.
If you're ready for the cloud, Mobileezy is ready for you.