Business ready to get its head in the cloud

2012-10-02 00:00

THE future of business and productivity in the workplace has arrived, and it rests in cloud technology.

Cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular around the world as a means of online storage.

Typically featured on newer devices such as Apple iPads in the form of the iCloud and Nokia smart- phones with SkyDrive capabilities, clouds become useful when the onboard memory of the devices reaches maxium capacity.

All data pushed from one device to the virtual drive or cloud can be accessed on another device.

Speaking at the GovTech 2012 conference in Durban, Ruediger Dorn, Microsoft director of cloud computing for public sector Europe, Middle East and Africa, said more users were wanting to access documents and files at any place and at any time.

Dorn said: “With cloud we can link all devices for a seamless experience that will drive productivity.

“Through cloud-based applications messaging, video conference, content management, social capabilities and sharing information become easier.”

Dorn said that through the use of cloud computing, users could access streaming applications that allow for a programme or application based on another computer to be streamed through to another device in another location with the devices needing to have the application installed.

“Government entities for example, can own data centres both internally and externally and access office managers through a cloud.

“This will offer a fast and fluid experience, although when you link from one device to another, the aim is that you will always have the same functionality, look and feel to be more productive. Through a cloud, multiple people can work on a single document,” he said.

Options for companies to access cloud services are already available, and with most business offices running Microsoft programmes, upgrading to newer versions of Windows will offer more cloud services.

With the new SkyDrive feature, Microsoft is able to link entertainment products such as the Xbox 360 to a desktop PC or a Windows enabled smartphone. Other cloud services from other manufacturers such as Apple’s iCloud service, offers the linking of Apple products, from iPods to MacBooks.

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