Cloud Computing is changing the way in which small businesses all over the world operate. Today's technology makes it possible for an entrepreneur to run a successful small business from the comfort of their own home, without the traditional costs and overheads that might have held them back in the past.
The media have adopted 'Cloud Computing' as one of their new buzzwords whenever they talk about the future of the Internet. Unfortunately, they often neglect to properly explain the term to their audience. This has resulted in many people being familiar with the term, but unsure about what it actually refers to.
Cloud Computing is actually remarkably simple concept once you get your head around it. It involves the on-demand delivery of services such as software, without the need for any technical knowledge or installation on the part of the consumer.
The are numerous benefits of a system like this for a small business. It allows them to access important company data like their business contacts, email and even financial data from wherever they can get Internet access. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications run directly from your web browser, eliminating any potential problems with compatibility and effectively ending the whole Mac versus PC debate!
Because of the ease of access to Cloud Computing solutions, it has made close collaboration across large distance possible. If all the members of one organisation are using the same cloud-based software you will be able to share information on a real-time basis.
The possibilities for this type of collaboration are fascinating. It allows experts from all over the world to work together, pooling their expertise and solving problems without ever having met. On a more practical level, businesses are already discovering how much easier administrative outsourcing has become with Cloud Computing, now making it an affordable and realistic option for small businesses too.
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