Cloud computing proves to be a standout amid the increasing number of technological advances. McKinsey & Company’s report, Disruptive technologies, projects the total economic impact of cloud technology could be $1.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually in 2025.
Most of this impact ($1.2 trillion to $5.5 trillion) could be in the form of additional surplus generated from cloud delivery of services and applications to Internet users, while the rest could result from the use of cloud technology to improve enterprise IT productivity.
The “Cloud”, in the simplest term refers to a source for storing, managing, processing and accessing information and programs through the Internet instead of a computer’s hard drive. Simplistic and a complete web-base, cloud computing basically is a solution, not only for individuals, but for enterprises in terms of giving rise to new approaches that are asset-light, highly mobile, and flexible.
The cloud platform is an anytime anywhere solution, that enables more mobility and productivity for its users. It provides “live” information that is essential for companies who have field and office teams. For utility mobile workforces, it’s a solution that enables workers to access information and report directly from the field, and still track progress and manage projects without going back to the office.
According to Navigant Research, utility spending worldwide on the mobile workforce will more than double by 2020, reaching nearly $421 million, versus $205 million this past year - so you can already see the shift many businesses are making towards cloud computing in an effort to reduce costs and save time. There are staggering benefits for utility mobile workforces to move into cloud-based solutions. According to Rackspace study (conducted on 1300 organizations in the UK and the U.S., including 1000 SME and 300 enterprises with 1000 employees or more) cloud computing improved enterprise profits by an average increase of 22% and 86% stated that using cloud technology boosted their business’ ability to innovate.
But cloud is more than a file-storage cost-saving solution.
The main advantages for utility mobile workforces deciding to move to the cloud are as follow:
Flexibility and Mobility
The cloud works with any computing device, including smartphones and tablets. It can be leveraged from any location (construction site, office, home, etc.) and can be used at any time, as long as there is an Internet connection.
Security and reliability
No more worrying about data backup. Once the data is stored to the cloud, it is safe. Any computer impact that could cause a risk to the data is irrelevant.
Real time Collaboration
Field teams and office teams can work at the same time on information that is stored to the cloud. This simplifies reporting and communicating with contractors and clients/owners.
Utility mobile workforces are increasingly moving toward the cloud and looking for cloud-based solutions. Not only to cut cost, but to implement new applications and services to bring efficiency and productivity to the highest level. 70% of organizations say that cloud computing is delivering operating efficiencies and cost savings today. So it’s time you start with cloud today.