Continuing the conversation about Cloud Computing, I ran into this article through a Google Newsfeed this week. It seems to me and to the author of this post http://www.wired.com/cloudline/2012/03/personal-cloud-2014/ that some companies are not taking Cloud seriously. Tagging onto my post from a couple of weeks ago, the author agrees with my conclusion that deploying enterprise applications through the Cloud is really the “secret sauce” (my words).
Cloud Computing’s core components have been with us for years. Virtualization, service provider licensing, remote access, .net development platform. However, it’s only been the past few years that we, as a Cloud Computing Industry, have been able to fully deploy the Cloud.
The next evolution of Cloud is “app-ifying” specific components of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and BI (Business Intelligence). We have seen CRM become one of the first applications to app-ify components such as Accounts, Opportunities, Tasks and Activity Management but we must go further. We must have specific ERP components deployed in a Cloud and Mobile platform for approvals and other tasks that should not require the user to be chained to a desk or a laptop.
BI is really one of the most impressive applications of Cloud and Mobility that can bring the most value to a company. Imagine being able to keep your fingers on the pulse of your business through a mobile app that shows your key performance indicators on your tablet. This is expressed by the author as:
“The new iPad may be the most impressive piece of computing hardware I’ve ever seen. Yet its true power is held back by large enterprise software corporations that cannot keep pace with the new devices designed with cloud computing in mind…. It’s as if they’ve completely ignored one of the most successful computing platforms ever built, outselling the total number of PCs its closest competitor sold last quarter.”
Further, Gartner has weighed in on the overall Cloud movement with these statements: