Today, everyone is talking about the cloud. It has been one of the hottest buzzwords over the last few years and it is not going away any time soon.
Our WakeUp Series at the end of September featured Microsoft Account Strategist Gabor Palfy, who presented “The Cloud On Your Terms.” Palfy provided much needed clarity for attendees who have heard much about the cloud, but are struggling to understand how to utilize cloud computing to transform their business processes. Participants reported that the presentation was packed with information that changes how they view IT management within their organizations.
From customer relationship management to emails to computer applications, Palfy said, the cloud provides it all in one seamless, cost-effective and reliable platform. Here are some key takeaways to keep in mind:
The cloud is a game-changer.
“One of the biggest arrivals on the scene has been the cloud,” said Palfy. “It’s changed the way we do business, [how] our customers do business and [how] our competitors do business. It’s forced us to really rethink how Microsoft goes to market.”
The cloud is an enabler.
We have access like never before. The cloud opens new doors in terms of connecting services to one another. It means we can centralize information and access it from anywhere in the world, on any computer or mobile device, at any time.
The cloud has changed the way we innovate.
IT is no longer a bottleneck for organizations. The cloud has become a building block; it’s “a foundation for you to build your business on.”
The cloud is flexible and scalable.
In today’s economy, flexibility is key. Now, with the cloud, you can adjust your IT expenditures to meet your organization’s immediate needs. In other words, you no longer have to build for the future, or be constrained by decisions made in the past.
The cloud is secure.
Time to put reservations aside. Your data in the cloud is much more secure than what’s stored on a hard drive at your desk or in your unsecured server room.
The cloud is cost-effective.
Say goodbye to server, software and update fees. With the cloud, your company can use hardware or software owned by a third party, instead of purchasing and managing it yourself.
The COPA Board of Directors would like to thank all participants who supported the event. We hope you will join us for the Stars Gala and Fundraiser evening on Thursday, November 28, at the Bellagio in Vaughan.