The New Year is upon us, and businesses all over the world are reevaluating their needs. Many organizations are preparing to make significant investments in the area of cloud services while scaling back on internal resource maintenance and spending. And while that means that cloud providers can expect growth during 2017, the implications go beyond simple storage and cloud computing processes.
Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, and Mobile Technology
The Internet of Things and cloud computing are natural allies. As more devices connect to the web via an assortment of sensors and other technologies, creating the background infrastructure required for data storage and analysis becomes more complex. And, when examined from the perspective of an individual business, it may seem completely out of reach through traditional internal means.
Additionally, maintaining resources that can be accessed through the increasingly vast array of mobile devices poses unique challenges. A single IT department might be hard-pressed to familiarize themselves with the operation of all of the computer, tablet, and smartphone options on the market, let alone the idiosyncrasies of the backend of every operating system.
The idea of delving deep into the various operating systems to ensure accessibility across the multiple platforms that may be used by internal personnel and external customers is almost unfathomable. As of today, there are no less than eight major releases of the Android OS still active in the current market (everything from Froyo 2.2 to Nougat 7.0). And that doesn’t account for all of the tweaked variants associated with different manufacturers and device models.
Cloud service providers can focus their resources to manage the challenges of this increasingly mobile community. Where your business is focused on primary operations and objective, the cloud vendor’s business is the accessibility of resources across multiple platforms.
When Fledgling Industries Collide
Though connected devices, mobile technology, and cloud services aren’t inherently new, much of their potential is still being realized. New vehicle designs include internal operations mirroring those of mobile devices and other computing technologies, and fleet managers are observing the location and operation of vehicles as they are in transit. Healthcare is seeing the rise of remotely-connected monitoring devices and warehouses are observing inventory changes in near real-time.
Growth in the sector is only likely to rise, and cloud computing options are at the core of many of these advances. Being able to collect and compile data from sources scattered throughout the business, state, or even the world has increased the need for centralized access to resources whose accessibility isn’t limited by location or technology type.
Cloud service vendors give organizations access to the scalable resources they need to keep pace with these technological shifts, and can be significantly more cost effective than managing an on-premises solution in the event of an unexpected data surge.
Many typical companies are simply unprepared to meet these demands alone. And that means that cloud computing and other associated services will continue to see gains as they work hand-in-hand with organizations trying to gain from the growing Internet of Things and all if may have to offer.