Building your digital strategy
It’s inevitable that “the cloud” is touching your business as well as your personal life. Banking, medicine, commerce, education—to name just a few—all rely on “big data” and “the cloud” to provide us with service on demand. Even we—for instance, when we synchronize our computers and mobile devices—count on “the cloud” to keep us organized effortlessly.
So what is the cloud? What should you know, and why should you care?
Back in the early days of digital content creation, computers and arrays of hard drives were so tiny, storage-wise, that it took rooms of servers and days to process, store, and access data. When the cost of storage dropped, and hardware and networks improved and grew in capacity, then remote location of storage became viable and—most importantly—reliable.
Confidence and economies of scale have compelled savvy companies to overhaul their hardware and software infrastructure with cloud platforms. The trickle-down effect of these factors now offers viable opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, “solo-preneurs”, and consumers to take advantage of the cloud.
For a really long time, I refused. I avoided storing my data on offsite servers. Yes, I backed everything up. Some projects had double and triple back-up—occasionally in multiple locations at the same time. It was that important. I felt like I needed to be confident that I could put my hands physically on my clients’ content and keep moving on their project. That’s called “maintaining ultimate control.”
But as I observed which companies were migrating, what they were migrating, and their rationales for doing it, I figured out strategies for using the cloud to meet my own in-house needs and for client consultations. You can, too.
If you’re just stepping into the realm of the cloud, you’ll want to check out the webinar "How now do I cloud? Cloud 101" to start building your personal and business digital strategy. You’ll get food for thought to support your combination of hardware and cloud. You’ll learn three uses of the cloud that will help you run with the “big dogs”. And tips for security will also be included.