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Cloud Computing Applications: Advanced Technology in Its Best Form

Cloud Computing Applications – Whether you want to share your data instantly with other people or you just want to secured servers and storage, you can do it all with the help of cloud computing. In addition to this you get so many other advantages as well with cloud computing and following are few of the most popular advantages of using this technology for servers and storage.

Easy Accessible: With the help of cloud computing you can easily access your data from anywhere in a very simple way. In order to easily upload or access your data, you can use mobile application, you can use browser or you can use computer software for this. And for doing this you just need to configure it once and after that you can easily access the data from almost anywhere.

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Bring Hardware Costs Down: When you use cloud computer for your servers and storage, then you do not need to get any hardware for this. You can simply pay for the cloud computing to get all the servers and storage using any of your client computers. As a result of this you do not need to pay any upfront hardware cost for initial installation or setup.

Reduce the Need for Advanced Hardware on the Client Side: In cloud computing all the processing and storage get completed on online servers, so you don’t have to buy any advance hardware for this. You can simply purchase some servers and storage space on cloud servers and then you can access your servers via different methods. You can use remote desktop from your laptop or windows to access windows servers and similarly you can access your data as well with your regular hardware.

Servers and Digital Storage Devices take up Space: With the help of cloud computing you can also reduce space requirement for your hardware. When you will get servers and storage devices on cloud, then you will not have any physical servers or storages with you and you will not need to create a physical space for these devices. So, you can save some good spaces as well using cloud computing.

Cost Saving: Along with all other benefits, cost saving is one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing. As we said above, you will not have any physical hardware at your premises so you will not have to worry about the electricity, or high speed internet connection for this. Also, it will give you instant hardware with minimum investment and you will not need to invest your money in hardware purchasing that is another cost saving. Other than this, all of your servers and storage devices are stored on cloud so you do not need any expert as well for its maintenance or storages.

In addition to these advantages, you get quick backup and recovery capabilities and you get unlimited storages as well with cloud that makes it a great choice for any business. Also, cloud computing allows you to increase the capability on the go, that makes it the preferred choice for all the growing business.

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Cloud led-Big data or small data for SMEs in India?

Big data has been a buzz word for quite some time now. In fact it could have been the word of the year by oxford dictionary. And even though not many really understand what it is and whether or others are using it already or not, the term manages to echo in most of the board rooms.
You will read many articles on big data and giant moguls talking about the advent of big data, but seldom do you read about anyone from SMEs (Small and Medium enterprises) industry talking about the new ‘it’ or ‘IT’.

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In India, SMEs contribute about 45-50 % total exports and spans across a range of industries from food industry, textiles to services. 90% of the Industrial Units in India belong to the SME sector. The contribution of the SME sector to the entire output of the country is 40%. The SSI (Small scale industries) sector in India alone contributes 7% to India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
What is unique to SMEs is the benefits and challenges associated to it. The major benefits are employment (45% of total employment), large reach with India being largely a rural country, steady rise of entrepreneurship and less capital extensive nature. The challenges mainly are marketing, scalability, technology, information, budget, resources, accessibility, skilled manpower all these that render SMEs dwarfism in front of global established giants. More insights can be found at SMEs_Indian Economy.

So now the big question is that whether SMEs really need the Big Data or not.

One side of argument:

Specialists argue that SMEs need a repository of data, but it doesn’t have to be really large in volume and that CRM (Customer Relationship Management), ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning),  Cloud Telephony, will do enough for SMEs. Google analytics and other such tools available online can help them make sense of business performance on not so big data that is generally required by SMEs as compared to large organizations.

The other side of argument:

A group of specialists argue that SMEs do after all require Big Data and can make use of cloud technology to compete global giants by not overlooking important areas trends that may be identified out of the big data and help target the right market, expand business and stay relevant.

Analytics-as-a-service model for cloud based big data analytics for SMEs can do wonders. Cloud technology can help store big data in a very cost effective way. It will not only help in better administration by reducing manpower and level of monitoring but also move from batch data to real time data within organization. Predictive analytics would help them with business strategies, and make them agile and shock resistant.

In UK, the government wants to put half of all new IT spending through small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across all areas of purchasing, by 2015 to break the oligopoly of major system integrators that dominate IT. Earlier, 80% of central government IT work was undertaken by just 18 large suppliers. The traditional large IT suppliers are also being strongly encouraged to use more SMEs as subcontractors in their work (UK SMEs ). Such government projects and initiatives should also be undertaken in IT sector in India.
They will also be able to make use of social media and SEO in India where internet users are ever increasing with 137 million (11% of total Indian population) online and second largest population on facebook in the world. This can enable SMEs which have to expand the realms of traditional marketing.

There is no gainsaying that not all SMEs in India would require cloud technology and big data after all ‘one size fits all’ approach wouldn’t work. It will vary from industry to industry, company to company on the basis of factors mainly goals and vision, products and services offered, target customers and markets. But the underlying guiding factor is staying relevant in all the spheres of business as globalization today is visible not only globally but persists locally too.

This article is contributed by Sakshi Shioramwar,MBA(marketing) student, DMS, IIT-Delhi. It was first published here.