It's no secret that the use of cloud technology and ERP is a decisive answer to digitization. Until a few years ago, Excel spreadsheets and e-mail chains were the order of the day in many companies. Cloud applications are much clearer, faster and less time-consuming to develop. In addition, integrated systems are usually available as modules. They replace traditional solutions whose performance and capacity are rapidly aging.
Cloud technology usually starts with cloud storage:
- Documents and other work results can be shared and used regardless of location and device.
- The recipients have access to the most up-to-date status of all data in real time, if in the future links are sent instead of files.
- This also makes the so-called "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) idea possible among other things. With this, private devices such as laptops or smartphones of employees are built into the network of companies. BYOD noticeably increases flexibility when working.
Why is cloud technology useful?
For businesses, cloud services provide an agile and lightweight platform for innovative solutions - alongside traditional IT. The reasons or biggest benefits of cloud computing are obvious:
The cloud makes resources scalable as services grow with their needs. If there are higher data volumes in the company due to order peaks, for example, the necessary computing capacities in the cloud are automatically assigned. If the workforce is shrinking or growing substantially, it is possible to add or remove licenses for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as needed.
Basically, the cloud software saves costs. In addition, the IT equipment is calculable, because hardware, software and administration are always with the provider. The cloud services are compensated with a monthly rent payment.
Up to dateness
Services from the cloud are fast, highly available and technically always up to date. This is because new compliance requirements are usually implemented by the providers within a very short time. Not only the software is up to date, but also the database. Because in cloud computing, it is unnecessary to upload the results after the work is done. They are available in real time, which is a real benefit for teams in different locations and for time-critical processes.
Cloud solutions are fast to implement, provide fast data access and fast applications. Thus, the implementation of cloud solutions is done in a much shorter time than is the case with classic in-house solutions. In addition, project staff are dependent - in the context of the increasingly mobile working world - on access to real-time data on the move and to be able to use high-performance applications. It may even be necessary to control IoT processes via an app on mobile devices. With cloud computing, such scenarios are no longer a problem.
The cloud is location independent. This is a significant advantage, especially in decentralized industries such as logistics or industrial production with branches abroad