It's no secret that the popularity of cloud services has been escalating considerably in the past few years, and it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon. The Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM released a report recently that showed 90 percent of the nearly 600 business leaders that responded expect to at least plan the implementation of a cloud computing system in the next three years.
Businesses on the whole haven't exactly shown as much interest in making cloud integration a main concern for overall operations, but rather have indicated that they see it more as a tech tool than core strategy adjustment.
"Interestingly, while our research clearly reveals organizations intend to rely on cloud to enhance their business capabilities, only 38 percent cite cloud as a leading priority for the entire company," the report states. "Rather, cloud is still viewed by many as an IT solution, with 62 percent citing cloud as a leading priority for their IT organizations."
No matter the intended use, the "pay-as-you-go" pricing structure turned out to be the most intriguing feature of cloud computing, receiving 31 percent of respondents' votes. If businesses wanted to store masses of information before cloud technology, they would need to purchase their own physical server that required installation, licensing fees and routine maintenance. Cloud storage takes away all of that by stocking data in a remote database that's hosted by a separate provider and only requires payment for the amount of storage used at a given time.
Jumping into an integration process without the help of a third-party professional consulting service could make for a lengthy project that's either pricier or less practical than other alternatives that are available. Telecommunication experts can evaluate the systems that businesses are currently using, and help them through the integration and implementation planning process.