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Every cloud has a silver lining. But does cloud computing have a green lining? YES!

Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, where shared resources like software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand. Where the actual term “cloud computing” came from is unknown … just like “blogging,”  and other Internet technologies there’s always a collectiveness and collaboration, even down to the naming process!

Cloud computing has become a phenomenon and received massive press attention just like “Web 2.0” and it has experienced rapid and early adoption just like Java. Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources as a service over the Internet. A typical cloud computing solution included the delivery of a common business applications online which is accessed from another web service or software (such as a web browser), while the software and data are stored on servers.

Most cloud computing infrastructure consists of reliable, predictable and scalable services delivered through data centers and built on servers. Clouds often appear as single points of access for all consumers’ computing needs.Essentially, cloud computing means running software and accessing data that reside somewhere else.  Ultimately, cloud computing solves a dilemma that almost every company faces: Lack of budget dollars to truly improve a business’s competitive position in the marketplace.  

If it hasn’t happened already, in all likelihood, someone in your company in the next year will make a request for at least one on-demand application.  Your company’s first encounter with cloud computing will probably be driven by a need to save, (or not spend) money. However, within a few months of the first launch, you’ll begin to see opportunities where you once saw challenges.  You’ll see the benefits of the cloud, and find that moving your data to the cloud actually improves security, scalability, access, and disaster recovery. 

The primary reasons why most companies are giving cloud computing a try is simply cost saving.  But here are other tangible reasons you should “get on the cloud”:

 Low start-up costs 
 Low cost for occasional or sporadic use
 Ease of management
 Scalability 
 Device and location independence  & security
 Rapid innovation 

You need to think of any technology  purchase in terms of ROI.  You need to consider: software licensing, change management, security considerations, data protection and backup, risks of downtime, provider stability and reliability, integration issues, workflows, training, time to value, and ease of use.  Cloud computer requires the same careful thought process before the investment is made.

Users of cloud computing gain more than just an e-mail management system, or instant messaging, calendar scheduling, or word processing–there is so much that can be gained from the productivity and effectiveness–not to mention ease of use from working on the could. 

Companies adopt cloud computing in one form or another discover the benefits almost immediately.  Beyond lower costs and quick set-up, there is little additional and unexpected costs. Little if any process re-engineering needs to take place. Most companies that have moved to working with cloud computing have seen dramatic benefits, especially cost, but including:

  • Overcoming organizational barriers.
  • Innovation
  • Reduction in costs in other services & software
  • Fosters an environment of collaboration

Cloud computing has changed the way small and mid-sized businesses operate, more than any other technology innovation in years. By providing businesses with the ability to deploy websites and applications quickly, to pay-as-you-go and leave all the management issues to someone else, cloud computing makes for a leaner business that can react faster to challenges and opportunities–a necessity in today’s business climate!

If you would like more information on how you can use cloud computing in your business – give SPRYTek a call at 866-980-7779.

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With a company’s financial, management, and/or operational software, it is important to consider whether or not your software applications are up-to-date and all of the necessary features are being used to their maximum capabilities. This is the heart of your IT infrastructure, and your business will suffer without the right cogs and wheels working!  You should ask yourself a few basic questions to see if your systems are up-to-date:

  • Is there functionality missing that could automate redundant systems and inefficient processes?
  • Do you currently use several different software programs for tasks that can be handled by one program’s capabilities?
  • Are key features being used optimally?
  • Are you working with a subject matter expert to guide you through releases, upgrades, and audits?

If you answer no to these questions, then you are damaging the ROI of your company’s technical investment.

So what can you do?   When you work with SPRYTek, we will review the features within the current software including any recent updates that may be a part of the annual maintenance fee. We may work with you to create a work-flow detailing your organization’s key processes in order to identify those that could be eliminated or automated. In short, our expert consultants will be able to maximize your return on investment.

Sometimes, it is human nature to stick with the “tried and true”…We sometimes embrace new ideas, but cling to the old.  Businesses often keep out-dated practices as a matter of habit. Businesses often hemorrhage money on IT because they continue to upgrade applications when their existing systems are sufficient. An expert consultant will be able to analyze which functions you use daily, determine what can be upgraded and how to use the software to best suit your business.

The current economic climate represents a tremendous opportunity for businesses to reduce their expenses by developing new software solutions, or better using what they have.  Don’t let the money you spend monthly not lead to increased revenue—work with SPRYTek – work with the experts.

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