Advancements in computer technology have not only resulted in faster computers with increased storage space, but technological advances have also cut down on all the – for lack of a better word – “crap” that comes with running a computer.
Gone are the days when we had to save all of our data on floppy drives and CDs (thank goodness!). In fact, most modern laptops have completely done away with the capability to use either of these devices. And with the rise in secure cloud computing solutions, even thumb drives will soon be archaic technology.
Along with the implementation of cloud computing has come app stores that allow us to purchase everything from games to music and software to run our computers – all via the internet. This means many of us no longer purchase software in a cardboard box, including businesses.
In the early days of computing, the IT team would spend a great deal of time installing software (much of which required multiple disks) onto company machines, including creating backups in case something went awry. Then they would have to hold onto the disks and instructions for when they needed to update.
Being able to visit a particular platform’s app store and downloading software (as well as automatic updating) has made the process much more streamlined and cost-effective.
One drawback to cloud computing is that IT professionals are no longer the only individuals who can install software. Potentially, any user with the right permissions can follow on-screen prompts to perform an install. For company infrastructures, this is potentially problematic. Fortunately, issues like these can be foreseen and addressed with the help of a cloud computing consultant.
While many people may still be wary of the cloud (especially concerning security of personal information), there is no denying that it is here to stay. We think it’s better to get used to it than fall behind!
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