Why Should Your Business Use a Cloud-Based Platform in 2016?

January 5, 2016

Category: Best Practices

In 2016, the “Digital Transformation” of business will continue to gain momentum and become a key item the majority of business IT Roadmaps. The rise of cloud, mobile and social computing has accelerated the need to put flexible software at the core of what organizations do. With the customer at the center of the strategy, businesses will increasingly ditching servers in favor of cloud-based software.

In the late 90’s it was referred to as the ASP (Applications Service Provider), and now newer versions of the “rent in the cloud” vs. “own on premise” are arising and becoming the nexus around which businesses are building their entire technical foundation. Salesforce pioneered this in CRM beginning in 1999 as Software as a Service, or SaaS, providing new scale and lower cost to businesses not wanting to own and update software on their own infrastructure.

In 2016, newer cloud technologies, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) will become king. Both are enabled by the power of APIs described above. PaaS, specifically is becoming the choice of businesses needing their unique business needs filled, while avoiding inflexible SaaS interfaces, or expensive in-house systems. PaaS will become the preferred cloud technology as businesses realize the increased scale, connectivity and agility it provides–ultimately creating significant economies of scale.

Businesses are increasingly ditching servers in favor of a cloud-based platform.

The rise of cloud, mobile and social computing has accelerated the need to put flexible software at the core of what organizations do. With the cloud, businesses are able to:

  • Automate internal processes, reduce costs
  • Speed-up processes to real time
  • Access increasingly large amounts of data now available for making business decisions
  • Make work mobile-accessible
  • Create efficiencies in legacy IT functions