Written by Tracey Mercer
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 00:00
Cloud Computing has become more than a buzzword and many organisations have chosen to use this groundbreaking innovation.
First, let us start by defining Cloud Computing. The simplest explanation of cloud computing is web-based computing. The Analysts based in USA, have a view that the most common elements of Cloud solutions are that it is scalable, on–demand, self–service, shared and metered by use. A common theme is that Cloud computing refers to applications offered over the Internet. These applications are hosted on the Cloud (internet) from data centres all over the world.
The idea of the "cloud" simplifies the many network connections and computer systems involved in online services. In fact, many network diagrams use the image of a cloud to represent the Internet. This symbolizes the Internet's broad reach, while simplifying its complexity. Any user with an Internet connection can access the cloud and the services it provides. Since these services are often connected, users can share information between multiple systems and with other users.
What does this mean for your business and what benefits are to be expected?
• Firstly, of most interest to business owners it means cutting costs.
• Switching to cloud computing means avoiding owning and supporting hardware, software and the related services costs.
• Also business owners need not replace the desktop computers as often due to the lighter load per machine. Spikes in usage at times of stock take or holiday sales are taken care of with minimal lead-time.
• Time Saving and increased efficiency is another advantage. Running off a central system means that local
IT personnel requirements for supporting local issues are reduced. Daily tasks of updating user software and setting up individual equipments are no longer required.
• Last but not least, another incentive to opt for cloud computing is to be able to improve mobility and accessibility. Employees can access information wherever they are, rather than having to remain at their desks. Not only does this mean greater use of resources and time but also can involve into higher employees satisfaction, with more flexibility and freedom.
As a result,
• The cost to the environment will be reduced, and
• Hardware component requirements are the number of hardware components and replacing them with cloud computing systems reduces energy costs for running hardware, carbon dioxide emissions and conserves energy.
Epicor Cloud Computing via SAAS is currently only available in the USA and then will be rolled out to Canada before being made available in Asia Pacific. Epicor is working closely with the Microsoft Azure offering. COGITA likes to keep you in the loop and we will make sure you are the first to know as soon as Epicor Express is released in the Australasian market.
If you would like to find out more about what COGITA with cloud computing can do for you, send us a short eMail or call us: in Australia 1300 COGITA or in New Zealand 0800 COGITA.
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