What is cloud computing? It's the hot topic in the technology world... and increasingly many people in the business world are asking the same question, "What is cloud computing, and how can it benefit my business?"
More and more businesses are relying on cloud computing and moving their core software infrastructure 'into the cloud', but why? Just what is 'the cloud', and what are the unique benefits cloud computing architecture offers over traditional models, especially in the current economic climate? If you are asking these questions then let's read on and explore cloud computing and how it can dramatically impact the most important areas to IT, such as infrastructure investments, security, business application development, and more.
If you ask your IT department where most of their time is spent you'll likely hear responses including : dealing with software implementation, ongoing maintenance, and upgrades to projects that add costs rather than returns. IT departments are turning more and more to cloud computing technology to reduce time spent on lower-value tasks, refocusing more time and energy to strategic activities which have a larger impact on the business.
The CIOs of many of the world's largest businesses have been won over by the fundamental benefits of cloud computing infrastructure- despite initial skepticism, these executives are not looking back after experiencing for themselves the many benefits cloud computing technology offers.
The value of a cloud computing infrastructure and salesforce.com's Force.com platform have won over the Chief Information Officers of some of the world's largest companies. These forward-thinking (yet always security-aware) technical executives thoroughly analysed Force.com and appreciated the benefits cloud computing technology offers.
Salesforce.com frees businesses from the negative traits of traditional software, with its hidden costs, significant failure rates, unacceptable risks, and protracted delays with implementation. At the same time, a cloud computing infrastructure provides a comprehensive, flexible platform that meets the needs of companies of every size, from the world's largest enterprises to small and medium-sized businesses across the world.
Salesforce.com will minimise the risks inherent in application development and implementation. Technology is a means to solving your business problems, not creating more difficulties. With salesforce.com and the Force.com cloud computing technology, you will have the freedom to devote more time and effort into solving strategic problems, rather than worrying about infrastructure requirements, IT maintenance work, and upgrades.
The cloud computing infrastructure also delivers remarkable savings in administrative costs-more than 50 percent when compared to client/server software. Cloud computing saves administrative costs include in these areas:
It's no surprise that so many companies are being restructured around a cloud computing infrastructure.
Cloud computing technology is the catalyst for wide scale change in the application development sector. In the same way that technology transformed the printing industry - enabling us to access all the information we need online, rather than taking on complex library research - the move to a cloud computing infrastructure for application development is making it easy to build robust, enterprise-class applications, quickly and with relatively low costs.
The Force.com platform ushers in a new generation of applications that allow your whole company to benefit from the power and success of Salesforce CRM - it's not just limited to the sales, service, and marketing departments. New innovations of application development are now achievable through combining the use of "no programming" point-and-click wizards, toolkits for the most used development languages to create client-side applications, and Apex Code, the programming language of salesforce.com, for our Force.com platform. Developers gain a number of advantages from their applications being run natively on Force.com, namely:
By eradicating the problems associated with traditional application development, cloud computing technology frees you to concentrate on developing business applications that are capable of delivering true value to your business (or your customers). The Force.com platform lets IT departments innovate while avoiding the inevitable costs and headaches associated with managing servers, multiple software solutions, middleware or point-to-point connections, software and hardware upgrades-and the workforce required to manage it all.