There has been much talk about “the Cloud,” but there are many businesses who are still confused about what this means and how it can be leveraged to enhance business. Due to the influence of ubiquitous broadband connections and exciting developments in technology, many of the computing services that formerly resided in self-managed on- site computer infrastructure, can now be accessed securely, efficiently and more cheaply via the cloud. The “computer” now resides on PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets, and other devices.
Companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon have taken the lead in providing infrastructure to support cloud services. Moving functions like file storage, email, church management software, or data backup to the cloud can allow you to get the computing resources you need in a more cost efficient, monthly budgeted model that can be sized to fit your precise needs. In some cases, it can simplify configuration and management, while in other cases it can make things more cumbersome. Almost any process you are currently using can be moved to the cloud, but determining which should be moved is an important consideration. With such a wide variety of services available, knowing what is out there, how it integrates with other services, and how to migrate to it are all big questions. Navigating the many available cloud products can be a daunting task.