Now's the time to move into the cloud

Cloud-based business software is cheaper, more reliable, more secure and easier to use than traditional office-based equivalents; so it’s not hard to understand why more businesses are making the switch from traditional on premise software to online software.

Leading companies such as Kimberly-Clark, KLM and Avon have put cloud-based software, often called software as a service (SaaS), at the heart of their businesses, moving tens of thousands of staff to systems such as Google Apps.

But saving time and money by using the cloud is not only for multi-national corporates, SMEs of all sizes are the fastest adopters, using web-based software such as Gmail for emails, Salesforce.com for CRM and online waste management software from My Yard.

In the tough economic climate, the value that software as a service offers is highly attractive to cost conscious businesses. If we assume the value of the features, maintenance and support are the same, SaaS has two clear value adds: the subscription based model with no large upfront costs and no additional IT/server/ infrastructure/hardware related expenses or hidden future time/money costs to upgrade.

While value is often quoted as the reason for employing a cloud-based system (see diagram), there are other significant benefits:

» Reliability and security. Cloud systems run in highly secure, industrial-strength data centres. These data centres are likely to be far and away more robust and secure than anything a typical SME could (or would) build for its own IT equipment. Service levels are typically very good for cloud software and providers should be able to guarantee service levels better than 99.9%.

» Regularly updated features and ease of use. Most people are familiar with cloud-based software such as Facebook, Hotmail and Google Docs. Indeed, the familiarity of online software means that end users find cloud-based systems easy to use and require little training compared to traditional software. Additionally, when new features are added to a cloud-based system, all customers benefit from the updates free of charge; when you login, you’re automatically always on the latest version.

 

The value of SAAS software against traditional on premise systems

From the biggest companies in the world to the smallest, businesses are moving into the cloud to drive bottom-line results, isn’t it time you did too?

 

My Yard was selected as winner within the ‘Best Enterprise Tech Company 2012’ category. See My Yard Software’s waste management system features or see My Yard in action.

 

Cloud computing glossary


Cloud computing The delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet)

Cloud provider A company that provides cloud-based platform, infrastructure, application, or storage services to others.

Hosted services In hosted services, a third party stores any applications and data in a data centre.

Hybrid cloud A combination of managing some computing resources in-house and some externally.

Pay-as-you-go A cost model that encompasses both subscription-based and consumption-based models, in contrast to traditional IT cost model that requires up-front capital expenditures for hardware and software.

Software as a Service (SaaS) Delivery of application software as an on-demand, utility-based service.

Expert Column

Do you think the adoption of cloud services will continue growing?

Yes. Research shows that by 2016 based on current cloud adoption figures for SME’s in Europe, 43% will prefer to deploy new business software in the cloud, compared to 41% for hybrid and just 16% for on premise.

Why are we seeing this shift?

Businesses are not willing to wait a few years for new features to be integrated into traditional on premise software. Also, they don’t want to get caught by a compulsory upgrade when the on premise provider stops supporting an earlier version of software. Managers want to reduce IT costs whilst increasing value.

How do My Yard’s customers benefit from cloud computing?

We listen to our customers and by combining their feedback with our industry expertise and the latest technologies, we are able to create the next generation of products to solve our customers’ problems and help them be more successful. At My Yard, we have a strong belief in innovation and with our customers as co-pilots, we are already creating an industry leading waste management software.

Geeta Thomas
Director, My Yard Software