Misconception #1: Nobody uses cloud solutions
"I don't use cloud solutions." Are you sure about that?
If you ask people whether they’re using ‘cloud solutions’, the answer is often: “No, I’m not using that!” or “No, that’s unsafe”.
If you ask them another question if they use Microsoft Office 365 the answer is: “Yes of course, who doesn’t?”.
Next question: do you use mobile banking? “Oh yeah, I can’t ignore that!”.
Where do you manage your emails? “Hotmail, I love it”.
Whats-app? Facebook? “Sure!”.
Do you keep a backup of your photos? “Yes, my phone copies them to Google Photos so I can view them on my notebook and tv”.
Cloud solutions are everywhere and today almost everyone uses them. Not all solutions are called "Cloud" because the term has a somewhat negative connotation. Cloud is often nothing more than a trendy metaphor for the Internet.
In the manufacturing industry and factories, connecting machines or IoT devices to the cloud (internet) is often a no-go – with no discussion possible. It could affect their intellectual property if someone could access their local systems. Which is obviously true.
The alternative are in-house solutions, maintained by local IT staff. This means that backups, disaster recovery, security patches, new hardware, access control, scalability and much more should be managed by local IT specialists. But what if something happens at 5 am or during the holidays?
So, what’s the reason all big companies like Siemens, Google and smaller companies and institutions such as banks are investing in cloud solutions instead of local software?
Cloud computing is a better way to run your business. Some of the main advantages:
- Accessible from anywhere
- Always up-to-date
- Server redundancy
- Hosted by World’s leading cloud providers
- Combined cloud server network