Focussing exclusively on cost is no longer sufficient when evaluating the benefits of cloud computing. Although there can be substantial cost savings, it is increasingly important that cloud services support a business as a whole. This will allow companies to streamline business processes and react swiftly to market changes.
Cloud computing has transformed the business landscape and is here to stay. So far, organisations have used the cloud for web hosting, data storage, business applications, desktop applications and e-mail. Small and medium-sized enterprises have taken advantage of up-to-date and secure IT infrastructure without having to invest in their own equipment and experts, while bigger companies have used the cloud to add capacity to existing IT systems.
Organisations are now looking for additional benefits, such as higher productivity, speed to market, and compliance with regulatory requirements, especially in retail and the healthcare and financial industries. Integrated, modular systems will provide them with the flexibility to add on functionality. Customisable systems will help them gain and safeguard a competitive advantage in a globalised economy where competitors can emerge anywhere in the world. The future of cloud computing lies in comprehensive solutions, which support complex business processes from start to finish.