2015 is over, and we had a great time writing about cloud computing and technology! Thank you for following and being part of the cloud conversation with us. Cloud technology has certainly continued to evolve and we love to see it so engrained in the business world today! Let’s take a look back at last year with our top ten CloudBlog posts of 2015:
1. One Cloud Does Not Fit All
Let’s just be clear from the get-go: one cloud does NOT fit all. It’s true that cloud computing technology can lead to some major benefits, including reduced spending, business mobility, greater efficiency and more – but today we see hundreds of cloud providers boasting the exact same benefits. When businesses see this, they assume they can play eenie-meenie-miney-mo and get a magical solution to fix their business operations.
2. We’ll Never Deflate Our Cloud On You
Despite the large amount of talented teams within the NFL, the season always closes with only one champion. During the Super Bowl, viewers can always expect to see some exciting game-changing plays that affect the outcome of the game. The team making the right moves at the right times is likely to come out on top.
When it comes to cloud computing, it’s similar. You can find countless cloud providers, but to experience an exciting and positive cloud transition to achieve the winning business outcome you want, you have to find the provider that’s making all the right moves. And when it comes to the cloud computing field, it’s a blowout. RapidScale simply dominates.
3. 5 Ways to Convince Your CIO to Move to the Cloud
Chief Information Officer. The meaning of that title has changed pretty drastically since the introduction of cloud computing. Traditionally the CIO focused on purchasing hardware and software, overseeing implementation, maintenance and security, and simply making sure everything worked.
Then came the cloud and an absolute reliance on technology in the business world. Suddenly, everything has to be better and faster, but also cheaper. The CIO has turned into a leader and strategist, instead of simply a maintenance person. But some CIOs still haven’t moved to the cloud, despite it’s impact on the role. There are many reasons to make the move, and the CIO and business will ultimately benefit. Here are five convincing reasons to move to the cloud.
4. 5 Ways to Convince Your CFO to Move to the Cloud
A Chief Financial Officer will naturally have questions about huge transitions to new technology, and that’s okay! Most likely, the cloud is already very much on his or her radar. While a move to the cloud won’t happen in the snap of a finger, CFOs can prepare themselves ahead of time to ease into the transition.
So what are some of the cloud’s features that may appeal to the CFO? Let’s take a look!
5. How to Do BYOD Right
You might be thinking, “Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it already! The “Bring Your Own Device” phenomenon isn’t going anywhere!”
And while this is true, it goes further than that. It’s quite obvious that BYOD is here to stay, especially with the increased popularity and sales of smartphones and tablets. The benefits are apparent, and we hear them over and over again. But that doesn’t mean all businesses are doing it the right way. There are still concerns surrounding BYOD, but there’s a way to move past them.
6. Managed vs. Unmanaged Cloud
Businesses have an expanded set of options for operating in the cloud with RapidScale. They can choose to manage their cloud infrastructure themselves, or opt for a managed cloud and have a provider like RapidScale shoulder the burden of day-to-day management. These options allow clients to decide just how involved they want their provider to be.
Both the managed and unmanaged solutions certainly have their advantages, and it truly depends on the business to determine which is the best fit. You have to determine how much your company needs to use the services and how much flexibility versus support you will ultimately need from the provider. This requires a familiarity with your company’s needs and goals.
7. 7 Reasons Cloud Software is Awesome
Cloud software is offered to customers via the Internet on a pay-as-you-go basis. It’s extremely popular today, with most people using it daily without even realizing it. And this simple model leads to countless benefits for businesses and consumers alike. It’s so beneficial, in fact, that global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach $106 billion in 2016, and according to Cisco, by 2018, 59% of the total cloud workloads will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workloads.
So what’s the big deal with cloud-based software? Here are seven benefits that make it awesome.
8. Getting to Know: RapidScale’s CEO, Randy Jeter
Randy Jeter, CEO and Co-Founder of RapidScale, is changing the landscape of the cloud computing industry through his approach to delivering Business Applications as a Service to VARs, MSOs, MSPs, Carriers, Application Consultants, Agents and IT Consultants. Randy was proud to speak about the development of the company, which was launched in late 2008 with a focus on consulting IT services.
9. Getting to Know: Ryan Turpin, RapidScale Cloud Support Manager
Cloud Support Manager, Ryan Turpin, jumped on board with RapidScale and has expanded Help Desk services, making RapidScale an efficient and customer-oriented company. With the rise in cloud technology, cloud support has become a vital part of RapidScale.
10. The Next Phase of Cloud: Transformation
Cloud computing has matured in recent years and has become more than just a way to drive cost efficiencies or enable a mobile workforce. The technology originally offered a competitive edge to quick adopters, with 77% reporting that cloud provides them with a competitive advantage, but this benefit is falling as more and more businesses make the move. That doesn’t mean the benefits are lost though. The next phase of the cloud is one of transformation.
We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!
Let us know what your favorite posts were in the comments below!