How is cloud computing transforming business?
Cloud computing first became popular when Salesforce.com emerged in 1999 and pioneered the concept of delivering enterprise-grade applications via a simple website. Salesforce paved the way for both specialist and mainstream software firms to deliver applications over the internet. Today cloud computing continues to play a big role in transforming our world by allowing people to work smarter.
Now, the cloud flexes its muscles to not only store growing data volumes, but to also access and analyze this data on demand. Newly integrated cloud offerings will increasingly expand the mobile network, resulting in the need for information intelligence.
As such, the Internet of Things is rapidly evolving to connect many devices together. This will result in a number of connected devices that will far exceed the total number of people in the world. So how will we manage all these devices? How will we collect and push data to these mobiles, smartphones, and tablets (and any other devices that become widely popular)?
The answer is that leveraging the cloud becomes key. The main focus of this article is to highlight the very powerful capability of the cloud and how the cloud manifests itself in Canada.
What are the main types of cloud services?
Cloud providers offer three main categories of services: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). They’re summarized below:
What is it?
A catchall term that describes highly scalable internet-based applications hosted on the cloud and offered as services to end users
salesforce.com, Google Docs, acrobat.com
The cloud infrastructure provides the end user with a full development platform with which to develop, build, test, and host her or his own applications.
Likely the best-known PaaS is the Google App Engine that allows end users to fully develop using Python, Java, PHP, and Go.
Here, the end user installs virtually nothing onsite. Servers, storage, networks – and so on and so forth – are completely outsourced and held elsewhere. It’s a pay-per-use model that offers, on demand, storage, database management, and even computing capabilities.
Amazon Web Services, GoGrid, 3 Tera
What are the benefits of these models?
- No initial setup costs
- Pay per use/ pay per go pricing model
- Scalability on usage
- Automatic frequent updates
- Accessibility from any location
- Availability of Customized Applications
- Concurrent multiple usage
- Reduction of Total Cost of Ownership
- Multi-Tenant Architecture which isolates all customer data and customizations in metadata layer, enabling code-layer upgrades without regression tests and rewrites.
As you can see, the benefits are many. That’s why an actual cloud economy has sprung up. Now, what does such an economy look like in Canada?
How is Canada’s cloud economy doing?
The short answer is that it’s doing well. ICTC’s latest report reveals that in 2014, Canada will directly employ 57,000 cloud workers. In fact, the report states that the Canadian cloud economy will contribute more than $8 billion annually to the Canadian GDP by 2018. The amount of jobs that are critical to cloud technology development and provision will see growth of nearly 50%.
Key occupational categories hiring cloud professionals include:
- Computer and Information Systems Management
- Information Systems Business Analysis
- Software Engineering
- Computer Networking
- Interactive Media Development
Having seen this information, one may ponder the reason for such a vital cloud economy in Canada.
Why is Canada the ideal place to host data centers?
With the recent evolution of innovative technologies like cloud computing, M2M, and social media, data centers are quickly becoming an integral part of business. Now, just why is Canada thriving as a host to these centers?
It’s only logical that you would want to house your most precious assets in a safe place. Because Canada provides a politically stable, secure, and reliable environment, the country is becoming an ideal geography for both primary data colocation and disaster recovery data center hosting for enterprises globally.
Beyond matters of security, Canada in general—and the province of Quebec in particular—has low energy and water costs. Furthermore, highly trained people, skilled labor, and private network providers are all easy to find in Quebec. Furthermore, the Canada Privacy Act appeals to European and international companies that are looking to locate data centers.
Canadian law doesn't allow a government institution to collect personal information unless it relates directly to an operating program or activity of that institution. The core of this law tends to be better aligned with European regulations than with those set out under the USA Patriot Act, which makes data accessible to any governmental body.
Beyond legal implications and resource matters, it’s also important to consider the business impact of cloud computing. What is the impact of Cloud Computing on IT Costs? Approximately one-quarter of all companies say that cloud computing has significantly reduced their IT costs. That’s impressive in itself. The truth is even more amazing, however: Nearly two-thirds (61%) of companies actually have reduced their IT costs by switching over to cloud. This number increases to 68% when we consider IT firms.
What happens when Cloud Computing is applied to IT Asset Management (ITAM)?
If we combine IT Asset management software in a multi-tenant SaaS environment and we apply information intelligence to it, what do we get? The answer is Cimpl!
Cimpl connects IT and telecom asset and usage information – this allows enterprise managers to take control of their assets and expenses. Cimpl has removed the gap between IT asset management and financial accountability. This enabled transparency empowers managers with a much better understanding of where and how their dollars are being spent.
Cimpl lets the end user answer the following questions:
- What assets does the organization have?
- Where are these assets located?
- Who owns the assets?
- Who pays for the assets?
- How are the assets acquired/used/cost?
If these are questions for which you constantly need quick and complete answers, contact us at Cimpl! We’re Canada’s leader in IT and telecom expense management, and we will help you take control of all your assets!