Cloud Computing

Today’s business environment is defined by the strategic application of the cloud. It does not really matter what industry the business operates in, or what sector it may be focused on, the fact is that the model will be affected by the cloud and virtualisation on some level.

These are disruptive technologies that are specifically designed to streamline operations, if understood and used strategically. IT departments are forced to adapt to new technologies and options as local businesses begin to consider the cloud.

There are inherent benefits to aligning processes and procedures to the cloud and to virtualise core operations. These are advantages that can make a substantial difference to the bottom line.

This is what decision makers understand and this is what they want to bring on board. Essentially, the main challenge in running any sized operation today is to cut costs and ‘do more with less’, whilst maintaining a close eye on influences including big data, big data analytics, mobility and BYOD.

Cloud services is a core component of Integr8’s managed ICT services portfolio and management confirms that there is more interest in cloud services and how these services can help build business.

Integr8 continues to create awareness around the advantages of cloud, and how these can be realized through the application of a carefully constructed strategy based on the requirements of the business and dynamics of the environment.

Management agrees with the point being raised within the industry that there is business advantage to cloud adoption, but this has to be done with a clear understanding of which business processes and procedures, areas of operation and application can- and should be handled in the cloud.

One of the key emerging trends is the interest and adoption of cloud services within the small-to-medium business market segment, a sign that cloud services has gained momentum and there is improved understanding of the relevance and significance of this game-changer.

Decision makers understand that they can no longer rely on traditional ways of operation and have to take cognizance of the growth of the cloud, giving them a strategic advantage by being more agile, efficient and secure while enabling them to bring products and services to market faster.

One of the reasons why cloud service is on the move is because of the increased focus on broadband connectivity across Africa.  There is emphasis on raising connectivity services and ensuring that there are solutions to sustain and support these services.

Of late, hosted services generally take the form of more generic business applications including website hosting, email servers, off-site backups and data warehousing as examples. Yet, a hosted service, even one accessible via the Internet, can’t be considered a real cloud solution unless it’s been built to capitalise on the new range of collaboration and interconnectivity that is inherent in the cloud.

Many companies are  having to cut through marketing hype to find out which solutions are genuine cloud offerings and which are merely conventional hosting services with the word ‘cloud’ added to the title.