When most small business owners or new software companies talk about cloud computing, they usually mean an application that runs from the web and not directly from your not-connected-to-the-Internet desktop a.k.a…
(software as a service or SaaS).
Cloud computing software solutions, for our purposes here, mean software that has a low monthly fee rather than a one-time capital expenditure.
Just about any business function you can think of has a cloud based solution, from phone services to marketing to operations to finance.
You may already be relying on cloud computing without even realizing it. Think about your email provider: Are they offering some sort of anti-spam protection? Or what about your anti-virus program? Are they constantly updating and securing your desktop application? They are delivering service from the cloud, without on-premise hardware and software. This is a great example of how SaaS has infiltrated our work and software installations without us thinking about it.
1. The growth of cloud computing is astounding.
It is estimated that the worldwide cloud computing market is $8 billion with the U.S. market accounting for approximately 40% of that: $3.2 billion. According to Gartner’s 2011 predictions, number one on their list of Top Strategic Technologies is Cloud Computing. Gartner also predicts that the SaaS market will hit $14 billion in 2013.
2. Cloud Computing Software Solutions VS Desktop Applications
The most common reason why small businesses choose cloud computing solutions over desktop applications is this: It is less expensive because you pay a small monthly amount instead of a one-time fee as it works now with traditional desktop software. On a cash-flow basis, it is less costly because your cloud based apps are often slightly less costly than an annual purchase or upgrade for common programs. However, you have to look closely at the pricing plans and details for each application.
3. Cloud Computing Solutions are available all the time – no matter where you are.
For some business users that operate virtual offices or operate remotely on different machines depending on location and they need the application to be accessible from a web browser. That is one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing– it is available wherever you have access to a computer and browser.