Unless you have been hiding under a rock, I bet you have heard of or used the cloud in some aspect of your life. These days, you can’t go anywhere without spotting someone on their smartphone or tablet. It’s not only gained popularity for personal use, but offices are taking advantage of the cloud, too. Most business software, including Acumatica, is either cloud-based or available in a cloud-based version. Cloud ERP can add many powerful resources to your office technology. Here are some peeks into what is coming in 2017 in the world of cloud computing.
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Businesses are Moving to the Cloud
Despite the prevalence of cloud-based software, some businesses still aren’t in the cloud. As more businesses catch on to the many benefits of the cloud-based approach—better data access, real time analytics, less cost—more will join the cloud. Fortunately, the cloud can expand to accommodate these and many more businesses. Shared servers, easier partitioning, and other cloud resources will help fit these late adopters onto the cloud, along with the others already reaping the benefits.
Security, Automation, and Legacy Systems Remain Challenging
Throughout the cloud computing world, three areas have consistently remained challenging: security, automation, and legacy systems.
Security remains the top concern for cloud computing providers. They take great care to secure their clients’ data, but sophisticated hackers continue their work, too. New security measures continue to grow out of the challenges faced by cloud companies.
Automation is also important. Automating tasks, especially routine tasks, can save businesses a great deal of time. Automated backups, for example, can ensure that your data is safely stored in case of system failures or other problems. These and other automated tasks can add great value to your cloud system.
Legacy systems can be a problem if ERP software vendors are not providing regular updates that bring the latest technology to existing systems. Systems with significant customization can also keep you from moving to the cloud.
In the past, companies touted an all or nothing approach that focused on an all-cloud strategy. Today, many cloud computing companies recognize that some businesses still need to keep one foot in legacy systems while the other is in the cloud. These so-called hybrid systems blend traditional technology with cloud solutions so that businesses achieve a flexible model that suits their needs. Gartner predicted that 50% of all companies will use a hybrid cloud model by 2017.
Growth of the Public Cloud
Clouds are divided into public and private spaces. Private clouds are hosted by companies (usually large companies) to provide cloud-based software to their own users. Public clouds are those shared by many users. A good example of a public cloud is Google Docs; this storage facility welcomes millions daily to work on documents and store them in a public cloud.
The public cloud is expected to continue to grow throughout 2017, with both businesses and individuals driving demand for cloud space.
Are You Utilizing the Cloud?
Cloud computing offers countless benefits and is continually changing to keep up with new demands. If you aren’t using the cloud and are ready to switch, or if you are currently using the cloud but want to better utilize your system, the consultants at Emerald TC can help direct you down the right path. Emerald TC offers Acumatica Cloud ERP, a user-friendly, powerful cloud ERP solution available for small and midsized businesses.
Along with Acumatica Cloud ERP, Emerald TC also offers Sage software and other business software systems that can help your company with its cloud computing needs. Contact Emerald TC online or call us at 678-456-6919 to get started.