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Ubiquitous access to shared pools of configurable system resources and higher-level services that can be rapidly provisioned with minimal management effort which is often over the internet is enabled by an information technology paradigm termed as cloud computing (Sakr, 2016). Sharing of resources to achieve coherence and also economies of scale which is similar to a public utility is one of the factors that cloud computing relies on in order to achieve its goals. In the cloud computing, there are the third-party clouds which allow organizations to focus on their core businesses instead of expending resources on computer infrastructure and maintenance.
On 20th April 218, my team had a chance to visit several companies that focus on the field of information systems and technology. The number of the individuals that we interacted with was more than fifty and most of them were male adults. Their workplace had adequate space to ensure that the machines used including computers were not at risk of being destroyed by individuals as they work around the place. The managers of the companies that we visited were the ones who took us around the place telling us about some of the trends that are found in the information systems and technology which include mobility, one-to-one computing, cloud computing and big data. In this report, we will focus on the cloud computing.
Reasons why cloud computing is a trend
Due to the improved usage of cloud-based services including mobility, increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness, streamlined collaboration and spread of connectivity, the cloud computing services continue to rise and hence making it a trend. At a higher level, businesses are able tocompete across industries of all sizes due to the help of cloud computing. Most of the companies use and talk most about the cloud computing services since it enables them to share, store and consume resources easier, at a lower cost and with great flexibility. High-performance infrastructure to be available on mobile devices and hence earning widespread adoption with the help of cloud computing.
Cloud computing has allowed business processes to be more effective and also more efficient. Many businesses are reaping the benefit of taking advantage of the cloud computing. Over other trends in information systems and technology, cloud computing has been listed to be among one of the trends that have the greatest impact in the society. While cloud computing providers are responsible for securing the cloud, it is only the enterprises who can secure how they use the cloud. The services and solutions of cloud have grown drastically. Cloud is relied on by the most internet of things (IoT) especially with connected devices working together in order to operate.
The advantages of cloud computing that makes it a trend
The greatest advantage that most of the businesses celebrate by using cloud computing services is elasticity and scale. The top benefits of using the cloud computing services are the fact that there are cost efficiencies and also there is an increased access to information. Cloud computing encourages flexibility whereby the cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or rather fluctuating bandwidth demands. One can work from anywhere since businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so that they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them best. Cloud computing also help more companies buck the trend of disaster recovery especially it favors smaller businesses.
Cloud computing promotes automatic software updates whereby one does not need to waste time maintaining the system by himself or herself but instead suppliers take care of the softer for him or her and roll out regular software updates such as the security updates. The capital expenditure in cloud computing is free since the high cost of hardware is cut out by the cloud computing. There is increased collaboration whereby cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help individuals who work as a team to make updates in real time and give them full visibility of their collaborations.
By using the cloud control there is the advantage of document control since the more employees and partners collaborate on certain documents, the greater the need for watertight document control. No matter what happens to an individual`s machine, that is, laptop and desktop computers, as long as he or she had stored his or her documents in the cloud, he or she can still access the data since the cloud computing services offer security. Cloud computing promotes competitiveness since it gives access to enterprise-class technology for everyone and hence allowing small businesses to act fast than the big established competitors. Cloud computing is environmentally friendly and hence; it does not require carbon footprint to operate.
It is evident that cloud computing is one of the trends of the information systems and technology. Cloud computing has advantages that make it stand out and some of them are the fact that it has easily developable models, it has a simplified information technology management and maintenance. Cloud computing also has an advantage of being built-in security, having remote access, being cost efficient, having reliable delivery, management and support services. Cloud computing is also a trend in the field of information systems and technology since it empowers developers and companies to innovate faster and cheaper To get rolling in the cloud computing services, one can spin up any server, any operating system, and stack in minutes since cloud is more secure than the traditional on premise systems and also it is a better way to run a business.
Silas Nyamweya (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 25, 2020:
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