The concepts of cloud and software-as-a-service have gone from theoretical to real-world tools that companies across the country are now using in their most critical of operations. No longer is it a component of the weather, but a concrete business solution that is helping improve productivity and profitability.
“The [small and midsize business] cloud is now mainstream, forcing big systems integrators and equipment vendors to wake up and embrace the opportunity,” said Parallels CEO Birger Steen in a press release for the company’s upcoming cloud solutions summit.
These feelings are echoed by Verizon Enterprise Solutions Chief Platform Officer David Small in a recent guest column I read in Forbes. Small discusses five industry trends that enterprises need to consider for 2013. On the top of his list is the cloud.
He cites a Gartner Research study that showed 60 percent of all enterprises will have adopted some form of cloud computing by the end of the year. This will take much more than a plug-and-play approach. Entire networks may need to be re-engineered to support cloud-based applications. Designing the ideal solution that is both easy to use and secure takes hard work.
With the increasing interest in this technology, businesses need to ensure they have the talent in-house to manage it and keep up with any industry changes. Cloud computing is gaining a foothold in the business world and companies that ignore it could find themselves at a severe disadvantage. By partnering with an IT staffing agency, organizations can be sure they find the tech professionals they desire.
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