Many of us are still clear on what the word “cloud” means. In accordance with Wikipedia, cloud computing “…provides computation, software, data access, and storage services which do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services.” Why is this important? It delivers agility to companies that has never been seen before.
Each time a business moves for the cloud, it is not essential to make it on premise. This means dramatically reduced infrastructure and energy costs. While not having to put money into expensive infrastructure, and making use of web-based services instead, businesses can grow faster, and just make use of the storage area they want, growing when necessary and shrinking when space is not needed. Servers have been in another location, so you can find no high electricity bills to keep an eye on, without any unexpected spikes in costs.
What’s interesting is the fact that every company is trying their particular methods: either pioneers in the company have started using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google pages (and so forth and the like – there are plenty of social media marketing platforms out there). As social media marketing is becoming popular, plenty of third-party providers also have emerged as the “specialists” – chances are they will approach you and also convince you they are individuals who have mastered the use of twitter – then yet another one may come as the specialist for engaging customers with Facebook…After the day, as being a company considering the adoption of social networking, you’ll more confused than ever before. And worst of all the, some customers would think they are fully mindful of everything that is to know about social media and you also now how you can reach every one of them individually on each one of these different platforms.
On the contrary, experience indicates that even though social media marketing has become very popular, very few companies actually have clear strategies along with clear indicators in terms of their social media campaign. Generally, most companies think they’ve done it all when they have formulated their accounts on popular social networking platforms and then publish pieces of information here and there – mostly ads with regards to their services. Even though this approach is normal, we quite often see companies apply this method just to abandon all of it together a few months later, mainly because they may have no clear way to follow, nor clear indications. The thing is, those companies adopted social media thinking they already knew what to expect right from the start: and this is when the problem lies. Social media marketing could be very powerful provided it’s implemented strategically- not since a company has chose to copy-and-paste another companies approach or feel it’s the ‘done thing’.
So what’s the analogy between social media marketing and cloud computing when it comes to company adoption? Well, in terms of cloud-based solutions, most companies believe that they know what you should expect from cloud computing solutions: this usually brings about companies minimizing the disruptive change that cloud-based solutions will bring. Moreover (as is the situation with social networking) the cloud has become very popular that a lot of solutions are now tagged with the word “cloud” – even though aren’t actually cloud-based solutions per se. From the client’s perspective, this offers the false impression that they know all they have to about cloud-based solutions. But this actually creates an uncomfortable situation for actual cloud-based solution providers as, with a lot of companies who zoarok they are fully aware everything there is to know concerning the cloud, it’s hard to focus on the advantages the company can be helped by custom-implementation of cloud sync google drive. Let’s take an example: you are aware that I’m an advocate for Hosted Exchange- I’ve got a lot of measurable indicators that can be employed in favor of adopting Hosted Exchange for just one company (it’s always good to possess clear return on interest or ‘ROI’ for each and every IT project), but if the client thinks they don’t need a cloud-based solution, because everybody out there has demonstrated and advertised the incorrect method for their company to adopt the cloud, there’s a higher chance they won’t even consider listening to any pro-cloud arguments.
As being a final note, here’s what I recommend to the company pitching the adoption of cloud computing: don’t go into that trap that lets you think you know anything that a cloud-based solution may bring, and secondly- have whoever pitches for you about cloud computing develop measurable ROI – choose to adopt the cloud since you see actual benefits, not because it’s trendy.