Why Cloud Computing?

Matthew Dunn
A free video tutorial from Matthew Dunn
Chief Explainer at Say It Visually
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How To Run Your Business On Cloud Systems

A non-technical visual explanation by a working entrepreneur and veteran CIO, step-by-step from domains to dollars.

04:26:44 of on-demand video • Updated June 2013

  • In this course, you will learn:
  • How to set up the "Internet foundations" for your business
  • How to evaluate cloud-based software and services for short and long-term fit
  • How to make your workforce effective for both virtual (telecommuting) and mobile activity
English [Auto] OK so if you said through my cloud computing 101 Let's take a few minutes and talk about why cloud computing. Literally what are the advantages. Why would you make a business shift to cloud based systems to software as a service and other kinds of services that are out there somewhere else. Let me talk. Why not. First one of the biggest objections that I hear from people when I talk about cloud computing is they say well I don't want my data I don't want my stuff I don't want my information sitting on someone else's system out there on the net somewhere else out of my control. Let me counter that with two fairly simple observation. The computer man right now the computer has a little green guys at the computer. You're viewing this on are also on the net right now. And if you think that your computer is somehow safer more secure and more locked down then data center system that's running a software as a service application or pieces of software as a service application. And I'm sorry it's not I'm not saying that those systems are inherently more secure but they're far more likely to have someone whose job it is to keep them secure or to back them up. Keep your data secure to back it up to try and protect it from hackers thieves and spies and so on. Yes. Many of those in one place makes a bigger target. So the likelihood of a breach goes up. You got to balance that off with no one's running no one's running e-mail apps on the web browser on the machines running a big software as a service app so that my data is safe. I think you kind of have to flush that can flush that kind of false false swingeing out of there. The reason I think that cloud computing is such a powerful thing is it kind of shift the focus of information technology. I see which has been the initial for a long time and it splits seems a part and it says you know what it's about the information separately from the technology. Your data your information might end up all over the place. The technology with which you access it is actually going to end up all over the place as well. And the days of being able to centralize all of your business information calculation and function on one personal computer or on a server with a few computers attached to it. It just doesn't work anymore. How many digital devices do you have running in your life. You probably have a PC most likely in a book you've probably got a smartphone. You might have a tablet you might have another PC home PC office PC you might. You might have kids in the house in which case the number of digital devices multiply and you might have a TV that's connected to the net. You might get guest access to a computer of sort of some sort the number of digital devices this is really going up and up and up if you move your information to a system on a cloud. A couple of advantages started started happening. That information can work for you. 7 by 24 it's not dependent on you keeping your computer up and running or worse. You'd be physically at that computer. So there's a freedom in space literally freedom from location that comes with data on the cloud. I can't count the number of times that I've needed access to a bit of information and when taking out my phone gotta do what I need to. I actually answer the tax question at a stoplight once because I could go right to the club system that we use for documents log in go to the document hit the password on the document because that was information I sort of protected twice and answer the question from the bookkeeper or whatever it was. So your information up there always on maybe in a number of different systems is one very big thing. It enables you to get to it from multiple devices. It also enables in a really fundamental way for business data to work with other people or other kinds of business data sort of to become part of the world if you will. So I'll give you I'll give you an example following in my SAS example was cloud computing. When I sent someone an invoice from our cloud based invoicing system they get a link in an email that says you got an invoice from say visually. When they open that link and go read the invoice there's a little record added to my data that says so-and-so looked at this invoice at this date and this time from this IP address. I don't have any arguments about why we never got your invoice because I'm able to say actually yeah this person looked at it and read it and this day and that's only possible because the invoices are sitting there and because that company keeps adding the functions and connections to make all of that work. I don't want to make all that work on my own office infrastructure and I actually don't mean that I don't need to be the only person in the world who can send invoices or acknowledge reading of invoices that way it's great if everybody does it. So the company that writes Infoseek system can focus on being the best in the world at that. And I can take advantage of it and they can even structure that subscription to it. So it makes business sense for a company in my size or bigger and bigger company that does a lot more invoices. So cloud computing has a huge number of advantages. You're not and you're not in the same kind of control. Yes your data is somewhere else. I'll address some of the ways to deal with those concerns in the course you're not necessarily as integrated and these are somewhat early days for cloud computing I think and it's quite possible to end up with a system for this and a system for that an assistant for the other. And yes you end up feeling like your business data is sort of scattered in different buckets. From what I've seen of on the ground old fashioned I.T. with PCs and servers that tended to happen just as much in the office as it's happening in the cloud. Another thing that I address in this course is some ways to start planning and choosing systems so that that integration between cloud systems dispar cloud systems is possible and it really starts to generate some additional advantages. So why the cloud. I've got to say why do you get your electricity from the grid and why don't you have a generator in the house. That's kind of what it comes down to. I hope that's helpful. I'm going to get very technical at the beginning of the course. It's not for the sake of tech it's for the sake of talking about business control and things that you should have a handle on so that you can keep running your own cloud based systems without ending up with the guy T-stat. So I hope you enjoy it like.