The advent and growing clamour for and popularity of cloud computing represents perhaps the biggest change ever experienced in IT and technology circles. Bigger than tablet technology, bigger than anything Apple has ever done, a bigger change even, than perhaps the first ever Windows operating system.
With change comes resistance, however once the resistance has worn away then comes the real reason change is so great: the opportunity.
How is cloud computing revolutionising the industry both from a consumer and business point of view?
For the time being, manufacturers of personal computers are still packing their hardware with as much hard disk space as possible, and charging consumers ever-growing amounts of money for the privilege of an extra gigabyte or four.
How much of that hard disk space ever actually gets used? In most cases, the answer will be not all of it. In fact, the answer will likely to be less than half. So why should consumers pay for something they don’t use?
Sooner or later, consumers will start saying no to high prices for gigabyte after gigabyte of disk space, realising they can make savings on buying a cheaper laptop and just using a free cloud service and paying the small fee for any additional space they may need.
For the doom-mongers who believe humans are soon to rendered useless, cloud computing is a disaster. It is yet another example of the world finding a way to automate tasks that can be done quicker and more efficiently than if a human was doing them.
While this is true to some extent, the opportunities afforded by cloud computing are actually likely to make the reliance on IT grow, thus creating jobs. The affordable nature of cloud computing also means that start-up businesses can reduce their costs – funds that could go to bringing additional employees on board.
This is just scratching the surface, too, as cloud observation, security maintenance, and other human completed tasks will become much more in demand.
Business Added Value
Opinion is split over whether this factor is a good thing or not, but cloud computing will, eventually, force IT vendors to look at what else they can offer in terms of products to the consumer world.
It is not only IT vendors that will need to evolve, either. Retailers of entertainment products will begin to see interest in their stores dwindle as eventually computer games move exclusively online. DVD sales are suffering thanks to the likes of Netflix, much like CD sales dipped dramatically when iTunes became so popular.While these changes will mean increases profits for the businesses who aren’t paying middleman fees, it leaves those reliant on interest in particular products and services facing a challenging future.
Posterita, who helped me in this post, is a retail software that allows chain stores and single stores to manage every aspect of their operations via an easy-to-use web-based platform.