Busting Cloud Myths

How cloud computing helps and how not?
Busting Cloud Computing Myths
Cloud computing is the latest flavor of the season and businesses, small or large are lapping up anything that is being served them in the name of cloud. Cloud telephony, cloud computing and various other cloud based services or applications are being dished out on a regular basis. Since the business environment is rapidly evolving due to technical advancements made in various fields, it has become really important to have a better insight at the downsides of ‘Cloud’. Cloud is fraught with various misconceptions and myths – we need to bust some of these in order to put the realities in perspective. 

In this article, we are going to drill deeper and bust some of the myths that are often associated with cloud. Here is a list of some of the myths that even the most well-informed user have believed:
·         Cloud helps companies save thousands of dollars: This is probably the first thought that crosses everyone’s mind when we utter the word Cloud. Cloud certainly helps organizations save but it actually leads to better IT and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). Cloud provides the right king of financial elasticity by creating OPEX and CAPEX flexibility. The deployment model used by cloud is highly flexible and this in turn enhances scalability and agility. Cloud provides the right boost to help the business make progress. Research reveals that organizations which have already implemented cloud-based technologies witness faster ROI fueled by enhanced internal efficiencies and innovation.
·         Cloud has the power to change everything – Don’t you all think that we are expecting a bit too much from the cloud? Just because a solution is cloud-based should not imply that it is all powerful and will change the way you do business. Don’t overestimate the benefits of technology because migrating to the cloud is not your ultimate goal - technology should have a positive impact on your business. You need to analyze the benefits that other businesses have been able to realize. You can do your own research on the customer experiences of migrating to the cloud. This is certainly going to present the real picture.
·         There is only one Cloud – This is certainly not the case because there isn’t any One Big Cloud that holds all the applications and systems. In fact cloud is much more complex as there are many interconnected clouds that share and deploy resources accordingly.  There are many levels, providers and models involved in making the cloud and all the applications and systems are hosted on this complicated web of clouds. It is not mandatory that one cloud would suit every business, so it is important that businesses keep their options open when it comes to choosing a cloud-based application or system.
·         Security is a concern for the Cloud – This is not the case because majority of the security concerns on the cloud are based on fear and there is very little fact to support that. It has been observed that majority of the security breaches were because of physical activities and there are a very few security breaches involving cloud services as such. Cloud service providers spend huge amount of money on building their infrastructure and monitor the cloud for any potential security threats. Cloud service providers are trying to build the right talent pool to keep in sync with the latest security requirements.
·         Cloud and data centers are the same: Cloud is not limited to just cloud computing or data centers – it is much bigger. We always believed that the organizational activities are limited to data centre as well as virtualization infrastructure. However, it is all about synchronization of cloud services and infrastructure.

About The Author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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How M2M communication trends are transforming businesses?!

 The business world is changing at a rapid pace and within a few years we can expect to see billions of new devices attached to the Internet. All these changes will be aimed at making the Internet efficient and smarter. M2M as well as the Internet of Things are two of the most rapidly growing phenomenon on the Internet and they are both going to enable us do things in a completely new way. Here is a list of the most popular MRM trends that is transforming businesses all over the world:

Smart Metering
As a huge technological advancement that is largely going to impact the energy infrastructure, smart metering systems are being installed all over the world. UK is the first company to have taken the giant leap and is aggressively pursuing the consolidation of smart metering. The consumers as well as the government are going to get a huge shot in the arm by opting for cleaner energy.

Connected Cars
Even the non-professional drivers around the world are going to be a part of the safety drive through the use of M2M technology. It is going to improve the efficiency as well as safety while enhancing the multimedia experience while driving the cars. Drivers are going to receive information related to alerts, traffic and even the restaurants that they would like to drive to. The car’s navigator is going to be fed with the all the information and it would be displayed to the drivers on a real time basis. In the event of an accident or breakdown, alerts along with the car’s position will be sent to the nearest authority. As of now this facility is available with the top models only but the day is not far when it would be made mandatory for cars of all categories.

Extension of Transport Management
Extension of transport management with the help of M2M technology has been made possible. Now, it is possible to connect the vehicles with applications that collect the data from vehicles (distance, braking, acceleration, type of road etc) and feed them to a centralized system. The real time data can be used to enhance the service. The owners will be able to manage their fleet in a better manner and save on their operating costs. The vehicle companies that are in need of asset tracking are the biggest beneficiaries of this technology.

Consumer electronics being extended to everyone
Even a few years back, M2M was being seen as a technology that could only benefit the public organizations or businesses. However, this perception has been changed with various smart devices being extend for general use to the public. For instance, if you wish to track your fitness levels then you can use gadgets that would store all vital data pertaining to your health and in case of any abnormalities send alert to your doctor and concerned individuals. New devices are being developed and introduced in the market that would do a world of good to the consumers.  

Insurance Telematics
This is probably the best thing to have happened to the insurance sector in the last few years. Insurance Telematics facilitates the storage and flow of real time customer related information to the companies. The insurance companies are able to create better insurance premiums and the M2M sensors are used to monitor the driving parameters on a real time basis.  Thus, companies are able to check their operating costs and decrease frauds significantly. They will also be able to increase the loyalty while making competitive differentiation in the market.

Several other M2M communication trends are emerging in the market and all are targeted at making our businesses efficient and profitable in the long run.

About The Author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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Advantages of Voice over internet protocol (VoIP)

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is the new technology that has given a paradigm shift to business communication. Irrespective of whether you are running a small, medium or large business, you cannot ignore the growing usage of VoIP as the preferred communication technology. VoIP has gained the confidence of its users by giving them access to a world of advanced telephony features. It is time to go mobile and businesses are fast realizing that it is imperative to extend their communications beyond the four walls of their office building. Mobility, in its true sense, can be implemented only when you use the latest communication tools offered by VoIP.

Voice over IP is here to stay and the technical issues that once dogged latest communication method has been overcome with the latest developments. Let us look at some of the important advantages being offered by VoIP and how those can benefit your business:
·         Huge money saver – If you are getting bogged down by the telephone bills that you have to foot every month, it is time to seriously consider replacing your PSTN system with VoIP. The cloud based telephony system can help you save a lot of money, which can be realized within the first few months itself. VoIP does not use the traditional telephone lines during voice calls and instead uses your Internet connection. If you have a good data plan, all voice calls are sent as data packets, and does not cost you a penny.
·         Long Distance & Overseas Calls - Overseas calls are also cheap when you use the voice over IP. With SIP trunking, the Internet is used till the last mile, and you are charged only for that. Now, you need not put restrictions on the overseas calls and instead reach out to customers located anywhere in the world – all at a fraction of the cost of the calls made from PSTN phones. 
·         Get connected to multiple people in one call The traditional telephone system can be used for conversation between two people. However, in a VoIP call, you can use conferencing facility to connect to multiple people over one call. Thus, it is easier for you to arrange conference calls with your employees and customers.
·         No upfront cost for software and hardware – VoIP is offered by the third party companies and you do not need to maintain anything in your office premises. The software and hardware are maintained by the VoIP service provider and all that you will require is an Internet connection, and end devices such as an IP phone, or a digital phone. If you have an existing infrastructure like PCs, Internet connection, microphones and speakers then your operating costs are further brought down. The hardware and the software updates are taken care of by service provider.
·         Cool telephony features – Modern businesses need to stay ahead of their competitors and VoIP can play a very important role. There are amazing telephony features on the offing when you use voice over IP. Advanced features like voicemail, caller ID, virtual numbers, contact list, audio conferencing etc. can really help your employees to stay connected. They will be able to take care of huge volume of incoming customer calls, thus lifting the image of your business. Features like music on-hold will help you maintain glitch-free communication with customers who are put on hold. You can even integrate the VoIP with various other communication tools like Video conferencing which would definitely help your business operations.

It is time to take the big leap of faith because as is applicable with any new technology, your switch to VoIP will help you take maximum advantage of it.

About The Author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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