In the modern day, many businesses operate with their very own technicians, data centers and complex infrastructure, which has essentially been a requirement once any given business reaches a certain size. Just as much as technology initially made doing business more complex and required more overhead, the opposite trend is beginning to manifest due to marked improvements in the efficiency of said technologies. Over the next decade, businesses should be bracing for rapid change within their operating models and plan for the inevitable impact that cloud computing will have on their day-to-day operations.
One of the biggest changes coming to the average business is how data will be transferred and stored within the company. Throughout most of the last decade, companies have had to invest in large rack-mount servers, upgraded Ethernet and wireless capabilities and an extensive amount of storage space to accommodate all of the data of the company. With rapidly-increasing Internet speeds and an ever-growing competition among cloud computing services, it will soon become much more economical to outsource data storage and retrieval to a cloud computing company. While some kinks will have to be worked out regarding how companies tend to want to hide their data from anyone outside the company, the rapid gains in efficiency and expenses will lead companies to outsource these tasks to the Cloud.
As a result of these efficiency improvements, further gains in productivity and profitability will arise from the resulting reduced need for in-house server technicians and support staff. When everything is managed and stored to one remote location, the company hosting the data is ultimately responsible for ensuring up-time, access and adequate connection speeds. No longer will companies have to house these units nor will they have to employ others to maintain them on-site. Combine these trends with the ever-decreasing price of technology as a whole and a well-prepared company that is ready to embrace cloud computing will enjoy unparalleled gains in efficiency and profitability in the coming years.
So what will a company using cloud technology look like in the coming years? For starters, it is very likely that a large percentage of the workforce may be able telecommute (work from home). Users that work in customer service, clerical and technical positions will be able to access the company’s proprietary software systems from their PC and can work as efficiently as if they were physically there. While every type of company will not be able to engage in telecommuting, those that do will be able to save time, utility expenses and even control the cost of living (and thus wages) for their employees by eliminating expenditures on gas and take-out lunches.
We will also see a complete reorganization of the management structure in many companies as the workforce – both those who physically travel to work and the greater group at large – begins to shrink as a result of increased efficiency. Some managers and directors will not be needed, with the IT sector being the most impacted by the changes. Within ten years, CIOs may become a thing of the past as more and more of the information technology management is handled by external cloud computing agencies.
On the horizon, there is a shift in the complexity of data solutions for business and the Cloud stands firmly in place, ready to offer solutions to companies who decide to embrace it. Doubling in size every year, cloud computing has an irreversible place in not just the business world, but also in the personal computing sector as well. The businesses that adapt to these changes will come out the other side sleeker and more ready to tackle the challenges of the day. Those who do not face an uncertain fate.