I’ve read many articles, received newsletters and emails, been to conferences, events and recognised the fact that the Cloud has been around for many years. The rebranding of online services under the Cloud umbrella has been taking place for a while now and a large number of people have heard of it (probably not yet most people). The fact that a large number of people have heard of it however does not mean that they know what it is. In the consumer market it is readily available in many guises, from Dropbox through Google Apps to the Carphone Warehouse Music Anywhere cloud product.
I’ve been reading a few whitepapers on the economics of the cloud. I was dragged in by the claim that using Cloud technology could save a company 80% on its IT budget in the future. This I believe and I was hoping to find some nice corroborating studies which explained this simply. However, as always I spent a lot of time sifting through hypothesis and some rather confusing graphs and diagrams (they looked pretty but equally made pretty much no sense).Over time however, the economics of moving to the cloud are relatively straight forward and using cloud services i.e. Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps can certainly save most companies a considerable amount of money.