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Cloud Computing: A Quick Primer

Utilize the power of the cloud to transform your business

"The cloud will transform everything about technology." This statement is better suited for 20 years ago when the cloud was in its infancy. In 2014 the statement should be that "The cloud has taken over technology." Cloud computing has been around since the sixties believe it or not, but over the past few years the industry has recognized the concept better as more organizations are embracing cloud technology and more vendors are creating amazing cloud-based business solutions.

Who Is on the Cloud?
The cloud is the focus of every large technology vendor that we know of. The usual suspects include Microsoft, Google, IBM, Cisco, Apple, and SAP. All of these companies have one thing in common: a massive push towards cloud. In addition there are millions of other companies that offer products and services on the cloud through various cloud platforms. Typical examples are the Apple Store, Netflix, and Android Store.

What Does the Cloud Do?
The cloud leads into multiple different segments, such as mobility, collaboration, and infrastructure. Applications of the cloud vary from backing up your smart phone address book to an online storage vault to sharing data between multiple data centers for mission-critical exploration and drilling companies.

The cloud has started transforming the enterprise. A result of a growing internet bandwidth that is now available and possible due to technological advances, the cloud as an example forms the basis of hundreds of thousands of data centers that operate around the globe, leave alone the data that is exchanged, the solutions and applications hosted, and so on.

The Cloud for Your Organization
If your organization is planning to embark on a journey to the cloud and is still trying to figure out what it should do about the cloud, worry not, you are probably already using quite a few online services that are on the cloud. These include, among the ones previously mentioned, iCloud, Google Drive, Box.net, and Salesforce. At the enterprise level, the benefits of the cloud surpass common belief and your business can significantly ramp up by utilizing solutions and services on the cloud. Typical applications include information sharing, infrastructure solutions, collaboration, and communication.

To start your journey on the cloud try to analyze your organization's needs and requirements that would drive value. Match these needs to platforms and services available on the cloud and analyze the overall benefits and value, not just the financial savings.

Is the Cloud Growing?
Cloud platforms are here to stay and will grow tremendously in the next few years. It's estimated that by 2020 over $200 billion will be invested in cloud-based solutions and services. Start utilizing the power of the cloud to transform your business and begin propelling your organization into success and growth mode.

More Stories By Ian Khan

CNN Futurist, Forbes Contributor, Author, 3 Time TEDx Speaker and Technology Futurist, over the last 20 years Ian Khan has had the privilege to serve the needs of over 5000 organizations by fueling their growth through technology solutions. He has helped a diverse set of businesses ranging from Technology Companies, Oil Companies, Power Generation & Renewables Operators, Microsoft Ecosystem Partners, SAP Customers and Partners, Healthcare Providers, Manufacturers, Facility Operators, Startups, Educational Institutions, Nonprofits & associations and more. Ian’s experiences with these organizations led him to a unique position of being able to identify the common challenges of growth for all these organizations. The bottom line as he found out, is that we all are hungry for success and want to grow and make a difference. Where we fall short is by failing to understand our environment and taking the right action within that environment. After 20 years serving the needs of the industry Ian’s natural pivot was to answer his calling and help organizations at a broader level understand what tomorrow brings. His work and study of all these organizations brought forward very unique perspectives that he now share through his work. Today, hands down, we live in the great time for humanity. Technology is a great thing, but it also has its victims. Many organizations of tomorrow will fail under the pressure of a fast changing world, much of which is fueled and driven by technology. Ian’s mission is to help organizations avoid that pitfall, and propel themselves into success in today’s era and go from digital disruption to digital transformation in the fastest and most sustainable way. This is the only way, according to him, we can together create limitless value, create solutions that are faced by us locally as well as by others around the globe, and make the world a happier place. Today Ian’s work spans working with people by delivering keynotes, consulting and by promoting his 7 –Axioms methodology through his book and workshops. He is also working on an ambitious project of releasing a documentary in spring of 2018 called Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 will capture the thoughts and insights of some of the world’s leading thinkers and help us understand the 4th Industrial Revolution, Its Impact, and how we can all be have an opportunity to be part of the emerging future and make the right choices. For more information please visit www.iankhan.com

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