Next-gen­er­a­tion cloud: de­liv­er­ing real dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion

We are in the midst of a cloud com­put­ing revo­lu­tion. In 2014 stor­ing in­for­ma­tion ‘in the cloud’ – which means users can ac­cess ap­pli­ca­tions and soft­ware across a net­work of con­nected com­put­ers – is hardly a new idea. But what is cut­ting edge is hav­ing a c

Business First - - CONTENTS - By David Jack­man

Smart busi­ness lead­ers know that not all clouds are equal. It’s the cloud so­lu­tion that can give you in­for­ma­tion about what’s hap­pen­ing in your en­ter­prise as it hap­pens, from any­where in the world, that will re­ally deliver that ex­tra magic to a busi­ness. Tech­nol­ogy in this cat­e­gory will al­low your com­pany not just to stand out from its peers, but will also lead to greater prof­its.

The ben­e­fits of cloud are clearly be­ing seen by businesses, with IDC fore- cast­ing that cloud spend­ing, in­clud­ing cloud ser­vices and the tech­nol­ogy to en­able these ser­vices, will surge by 25 per cent in 2014. With such in­vest­ment be­ing made into cloud com­put­ing, businesses must en­sure their use of the plat­form pro­vides dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing func­tion­al­ity to en­sure com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

So the ques­tion many ex­ec­u­tives are ask­ing right now is how do we achieve this dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion? From my per­spec­tive, you need to ask four key ques­tions of your soft­ware ven­dors when mak­ing a de­ci­sion about busi­ness man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy.

1. Does the tech­nol­ogy con­nect eas­ily with your other sys­tems, both in the cloud or on-premise? Businesses should be able to align their spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions with the right plat­form that’s best suited to run­ning its op­er­a­tions more ef­fi­ciently. So look for soft­ware ven­dors that of­fer a plat­form-ag­nos­tic so­lu­tion, that’s so­phisti-

David Jack­man is the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Pronto Soft­ware. pronto.net

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