Cloud computing may well be the innovation that changes information technology as we know it. In addition to reducing business operational costs, cloud computing technology advances could soon render traditional storage methods obsolete. So say goodbye to the stacks of paper on your desk, the overloaded filing cabinet, the drawer of abandoned USB drives, and embrace a future in which there’s a computer…inside your computer. No matter what industry you work in, cloud computing could soon become a part of your daily operations, so let’s take a look at a few ways in which cloud computing has already begun to change the industries of today:
Cloud computing has already impacted the IT trade more than any other industry, reducing, and sometimes even eliminating, external hardware and utility-based applications. Through cloud computing technology, email, data storage, system security, and processing applications can be entirely virtualized; freeing up system space and diminishing the need for complex operating systems. As cloud computing evolves, IT companies can employ more remote workers, and need maintain fewer direct support staff, as employees will be able to access applications externally, from any connected computer.
During busy season in the travel industry, computer servers are often overtaxed to the point of collapse, resulting in unnecessary downtime. By utilizing the scalability of cloud computing technology, travel industries can draw on backup storage throughout popular vacation seasons. Cloud computing can also virtualize travel software, such as Galileo Desktop, Booking Builder, and Travcom CS.
The ability of cloud computing systems to scale multiple applications without affecting server speed makes cloud computing an invaluable investment for businesses in the hospitality industry. For large hotel and resort chains, cloud computing can enable business-wide document and data sharing, and virtualize functionality applications to streamline operations.
Cloud computing is revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry by allowing smaller pharmaceutical and medical research companies to rent computer resources that would once have been unavailable to lower-budget enterprises. By enabling independent companies and researchers to access previously unreachable technology, cloud computing is opening the doors to more drug and medical treatment research than ever before. Concerns over cloud data security have caused some debate over cloud storage utilization in the medical field, but as cloud technology evolves, such concerns are being countered by advanced data encryption and initiatives by the Cloud Security Alliance.
For accounting professionals, cloud computing means advanced financial data storage, fewer paper records, and easier access to bookkeeping software. Popular finance applications such as Quickbooks have already launched cloud versions, that allow accountants to virtualize storage and access software through any internet-capable device. During high traffic seasons in the accounting industry, such as tax time, cloud storage can also work to keep servers up and running and client information safely backed-up.
For the field of education–particularly post-secondary education–cloud computing represents a significant change in remote accessibility. Online post-secondary schools can use cloud computing to give students access to field-related software, while, on a smaller scale, students and professors can access files and documents from any computer, at any time.