Operating in an age where malicious online hacking occurs more often than ever before can make any Internet-related activity worry-inducing. Still, cloud-based technology has continued to expand and become an integral part of many organizations' technological infrastructure. While countless innovations in the tech industry have faded or failed, cloud technology has overcome fears and criticisms thus far to find success, and continues to provide evidence that it will be around for quite some time.
What is the Cloud?
The cloud is a term that is commonly used, but hard for most to define. So, what exactly is it? Hinted by its name, the cloud is not a physical item. It is a network of servers where data, applications, software, and services are located and accessed. Each server utilizes different functions.
Essentially, the cloud is a metaphor for the Internet. More importantly, cloud computing is the term used to describe the storing and accessing of data and applications over the Internet, rather than on a computer's physical hard drive.
While cloud-based technology is much different than what many companies have traditionally used, it is important for teams to realize that cloud computing is slowly becoming the new normal and is likely the future of not only manufacturing, but all businesses. 96 percent of all businesses are using cloud computing in some form. While the transition to a new and unfamiliar platform can be uncomfortable and worrisome, moving to cloud-based technology is a step toward making sure your organization is prepared for success in an ever-changing world. Similar to when the internet was first introduced to businesses, those who hesitate too long to adapt to new technology fall behind.
So, why else should you move to cloud-based technology?
Why Choose the Cloud?
It is often more secure than on-premise data centers.
Believe it or not, the cloud is not a new technology. History dates the cloud back to the 1950's. However, the Internet could not provide the bandwidth to provide the cloud to the general population until the 1990's. Since then, its development and use has only grown.
Concerning security, it is understandable and wise for organizations to be wary of new technology, especially one that diverges from the tradition of physically housing all data and programs on company premises. However, current data encryption practices make it extremely difficult for unauthorized persons to access information stored on the cloud. It is because of the fear and perceived risk of security breaches that data protection has become a main priority for cloud service providers like Google and Microsoft, making cloud computing extremely secure. In reality, cloud-based technology has generally become more secure than on-premise data centers, as organizations like Gartner predict that, "through 2020, public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) workloads will suffer at least 60% fewer security incidents than those in traditional data centers."
It is extremely cost-effective.
One of the main reasons many businesses switch from on-premises servers to cloud computing is the amount of money that can be saved. Physical servers are expensive to maintain. Not only do the servers alone cost thousands of dollars, but the price of maintaining them is unparalleled. By switching to cloud-based servers and applications, organizations no longer need to worry about the electric bill to cool physical servers or the cost of replacing them if and when they crash. Not to mention, servers depreciate with time. In addition, cloud-based services and applications charge based on usage, rather than a one-size-fits-all plan, often making them a much more economical option.
Many software services are made to be used on the cloud.
It is extremely likely that you are already using the cloud! Google Drive, Microsoft Office Online, and Apple iCloud are all commonly used applications that are cloud-based. According to Forbes, "67% of enterprises say that marketing, purchasing, and supply chain are somewhat and mostly cloud-based as of today." Cloud-based services are especially appealing in these departments because of the mobility features cloud-based technology offers. The cloud allows common programs used in the workplace to be accessed from anywhere at any time via smartphones, tablets, and computers, greatly increasing productivity and ease of use.
Many enterprises recognize that cloud computing will ultimately increase revenue for many reasons, including those mentioned here. If it's time for your organization to look into cloud-based manufacturing solutions, our team at Repathis is here to help. With the benefits mentioned above, and many more, our customizable, easy-to-use, cloud-based solutions will increase productivity while making your team's operations easier. Contact us today to start the conversation.