What is "the cloud"?
Sometimes a company needs a flexible consultant who is open to a contract position that could lead to full-time employment. We identify consultants who can excel in such scenarios. A dedicated member of our recruitment team will serve as your partner and advocate throughout the entire relationship, ensuring a smooth and rewarding transition for everyone involved. The short answer is that it's somewhere at the other end of your internet connection – a place where you can access apps and services, and where your data can be stored securely. The cloud is a big deal for three reasons:
- It doesn't need any effort on your part to maintain or manage it.
- It's effectively infinite in size, so you don't need to worry about it running out of capacity.
- You can access cloud-based applications and services from anywhere – all you need is a device with an Internet connection.
NO UP-FRONT COSTS
If you've ever been involved in the implementation of a new application you'll know it can take months or even years to get it up and running. But with a cloud-based application you can cut through this complexity. In many cases you can sign up and start using the application instantly, and even the most wide-ranging enterprise applications are usually up and running in a matter of days or weeks rather than months or years.
NO UP-FRONT COSTS
Implementing a new application used to mean considerable capital expenditure in new equipment – not to mention the cost of licenses, integration and the inevitable consultants – but with cloud software these capital expenditure costs are dramatically reduced or even completely eliminated. Instead you simply pay a monthly fee, transforming a significant capital expenditure into predictable operational expense.
Companies lose an average of 263 laptops a year, a 2010 study found, and if they contain confidential data then each loss has serious security implications. But with cloud applications your data is stored securely in the cloud, so a stray laptop is just an inconvenience, not a potential disaster.