Demystifying the Cloud: More than an IT industry buzzword

Over the last couple of years, no single topic has gotten more press in the IT industry than has cloud computing. While there remains a debate as to whether or not this advancement will totally redefine the industry, one thing is for sure: cloud computing offers some powerful benefits when implemented properly.

According to Network World, some of these benefits include:

  • Fast start up – You can test a new business or idea very quickly and without a large capital investment.
  • Increased agility – No more long-term commitments, if you need to alter the way in which your organization utilizes its IT resources, you can. Cloud computing services are flexible enough to respond to your changing needs without a long wait time.
  • Decreased capital expenditures – if you have run out of space in your data center or your applications have outgrown the current infrastructure, cloud computing allows you to upgrade these things without a capital expenditure. Instead, you can shift these capital expenses to operational ones.
  • Increased economies of scale – if you experience enormous peaks and valleys in your utilization of IT resources, it may be well worth your while to consider cloud computing as an option for outsourcing some of your IT needs during those peaks, rather than overinvesting in your own infrastructure to satisfy those requirements.

If after reading this far you think your organization may be able to benefit from cloud computing, let me explain why Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions rise head and shoulders above the competition. With the recent release of Office 365, Microsoft is committed to connecting all of its cloud services to one another in order to offer users the best possible functionality.

Microsoft's Cloud Services Suite will include:

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to help companies with customer management.
  • Microsoft SharePoint Online to help companies stay connected through intranet sites.
  • Microsoft Exchange Online to help companies streamline their communications.
  • Microsoft Lync Online to help employees quickly find the answers they need.

To see these tools in action, watch Microsoft's Integrated Cloud services demo.

If you have questions about Microsoft Dynamics CRM or cloud services, please feel free to contact us.

By: Laura Heinbockel Intelligent Technologies, Inc., a Greensboro, NC Microsoft Dynamics Partner

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