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
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