Data and the Cloud
With the ever increasing reliance on the digital economy to get things done, our data footprint is growing exponentially. We depend daily on our access to information, and the types of data being created, consumed and transmitted is changing. Now we are generating data not just by typing into our word processors or filling in paper forms.
We are creating it with our phones and our GPS devices, with our routine technology use, and with the daily interactions of workers with corporate systems. Enabling real time monitoring of productivity and the streamlining of bureaucratic processes is creating a world of data like none before.
While data is an intangible thing, the servers on which it is stored are very real and over time can come to occupy space not just in the office, but in the balance sheet as well. Whether it is a partial migration to facilitate data sharing and collaboration, or a complete shift of technology to remove the need for heavy file storage on site, cloud services are here to provide the flexibility and scalability this booming data resource requires.
So what are the advantages over the old world of paper? Two big ones are physical space and scalability.
“Cloud storage has infinite possibilities and unlimited storage potential. An organisation can keep adding layers without limit to acquire as much or as little storage as they need, without having to factor in physical capacity requirements.”
Efficiencies are beginning to appear where we had not even sought them in past decades, with the data generated by our phones and wearable technology becoming useful for things as simple as ordering our morning coffee, to monitoring our health and wellbeing, to tracking our productivity in real time. All that data needs to be stored somewhere for it to remain useful. As long as it remains secure and in context, the benefits are enormous, and secure cloud services strive to achieve just that.
The challenge is to shift our understanding in business from seeing the cloud as just a giant bucket we throw our data in. Instead, we must see it as a tool of varied and complex ability. Something which can be harnessed to drive collaboration, productivity, and growth, through the use of cloud based software solutions to manage, create and utilise our data across wide ranging facets of our businesses. We can streamline processes which rely on that data, while ensuring our activities remain correct and appropriate to the evolving business environment.
Stepping into the world of digital transformation can seem intimidating, but the benefits are incredible. And it is only going to get better. Read though our case studies to see some examples of digital transformation in action, and if you have any questions about how you can use the cloud for the benefit of your business, give MicrotechDPS a call.