The rise of cloud applications has resulted in increased flexibility in the enterprise.
Cloud computing has introduced a number of shifts in the way companies do business, and one of the primary transformations that has taken place lies in application delivery and how CIOs and other executives are able to serve their organizations. The rise of cloud applications has resulted in increased flexibility in the enterprise - and this comes at a key moment. CIO.com recently spoke with Tribridge Chairman and CEO, Tony DiBenedetto. In the interview, DiBenedetto discussed the developments that are likely to take place in 2014 regarding the way businesses use the cloud. He noted that cloud applications have driven the "democratization" of software.
"Almost anyone can put an application on the Internet now, provide services and support via the cloud without the backend infrastructure that was previously needed," DiBenedetto told the news source. He suggested that this development will result in much more competitive markets.
Cloud Applications Boost Agility
Luckily, at the same time cloud applications create rapid market change, they also provide the tools that companies need in order to adapt.
In a column for InformationWeek, cloud expert Sandra Kurtzig highlighted the ways in which cloud-based software drives business agility, particularly when it comes to enterprise resource planning (ERP) programs.
"Agility is the ability for a company to react quickly to changes in business conditions without a lot of disruption. That means the ERP system has to be easy to use, customize and integrate with existing technologies. It has to offer continuous visibility," Kurtzig wrote.
The power of cloud applications in this regard is based in part on the way they enable collaboration, Kurtzig noted. Real-time data can be seen and shared quickly among suppliers and other business partners. Additionally, these programs improve employee collaboration by providing them with the information and insights they need, as well as allowing better data sharing between the business and its customers.
Given the advantages Software-as-a-Service applications provide in terms of business adaptability and speed, their popularity in an increasingly dynamic market should come as no surprise.
Randy Cantrell, CEO of Trust Services, a managed claims provider based in Greenville, Texas, recalls his decision to move his Microsoft and custom applications to the cloud. "I believe we have a best practice industry solution that most companies would love to have. Small companies need all of the same IT skill sets to run their business as large companies, and the cloud finally makes it attainable and affordable for us.”
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