However, to help you realise how it could benefit you and your business, I have taken a brief look at the various services on offer. The main thing to think about here, however, is what is cloud and what is its purpose?
For the uninitiated, cloud computing is simply a way of replacing all the things that you traditionally used or did on your computers. For instance, rather than downloading or buying software and installing it, many of the programs used are now available online. As such, you store your information on a service provider’s own servers – on the cloud.
So, what types of programs are provided by service companies?
At its basic level then Dropbox offers a simple storage system allowing companies to upload vital information as a backup. However, Dropbox does more than this. You can file share with others in your organisation. Provided they have permission to access the information, fellow workers can download, work on and upload particular documents.
Are you a screenwriter? There are a growing number of online programs, such as Celtx that enable people from around the world to collaborate in creating a script for a film. Not only is this useful in itself, it also gives budding scriptwriters the chance to showcase their work and ideas, without the need for paper.
All in all, while the internet is great for making contacts, cloud is great for much more than this.