The Future Looks Cloudy

- February 24, 2012 2 MIN READ

In today’s fast-paced work environment, businesses can’t afford to lose any time created by IT problems yet studies have shown that up to 20 minutes per day is often lost due to IT issues.

And that’s not to mention the swag of natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, bushfires and storms which have battered Australian business owners that continue to highlight the importance of implementing disaster resilient IT systems.

Cloud computing is essentially the ability to access software and storage solutions which are accessible anywhere, any time via the internet.  While some may presume these sorts of solutions are reserved for large corporations with big budgets, there are numerous low cost cloud computing solutions available.

Traditionally businesses have relied on expensive servers and specialist IT staff to ensure reliable IT operation, but due to increasing costs many owners and start up businesses are turning to cloud computing—renting capacity in a provider’s data centre and connecting to it over the internet, often on a month-to-month basis.  All that’s required to access cloud computing solutions is a broadband internet connection.  You can access the cloud from your smart phone, tablet and computer as long as you have a web browser.

In many cases, businesses may already be using cloud computing solutions without even realising it. If you use web-based email, social networks, or back your data up to online services, you are already using ‘the cloud’. basis.

Cloud computing can also give businesses a competitive edge in a fast moving technological world. the beauty of month-to-month cloud solutions as opposed to buying servers and softwares outright, is that when your organisational needs change, you can simply upgrade your plan, or switch to a more suitable solution.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time get your head out of the cloud’s on your company’s IT requirements and into Cloud Computing.

To find out more about what cloud computing is and how it may benefit your business, join this free webinar being offered by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation’s (DEEDI) and presented by The Creative Collective on Tuesday 28 February, 12:30pm Qld time.

Find out:
• What is ‘cloud’ computing?
• What types of activities you might be able to conduct ‘in the cloud’ and why this could be beneficial to your business
• Cloud computing solutions that exist that might suit your business
• Strategies for choosing the right solution/s for your business
• Risk management and security issues associated with cloud computing
• Simple strategies you can use to stay informed about the latest cloud computing technology that may benefit your business

To register: http://www.business.qld.gov.au/tools-resources-support/services-support/business-webinars/webinar-schedule-registration.html