Microsoft 365 IT ISNT True Cloud Computing COULD IT BE
When Microsoft decided to enter the Cloud Computing market in 2008 it was lagging behind its major competitors who had already been operating their own Cloud Computing services for several years. It also forgot one essential part of the concept, to place the software and applications in the cloud.
Cloud Computing - The idea
For those of you new to the concept of Cloud Computing the theory is you pay a provider to supply you with something that meets all your IT needs including software, applications, storage, web security, communications along with other tailor made services; basically everything you need to run your business that you access by way of a remote server. This implies the service provider gets control the responsibility to make sure your IT use is optimal for the business at a cheaper price you could run an IT department of your.
The true Cloud computing service providers allow you to access all the information and applications inside your account from anywhere whether it's in the office, by laptop from the remote laptop, netbook, notebook or cellular phone. The higher providers also allow your staff to work on documents in real time together; if there is multiple member of staff working together on a document they'll see all edits and alterations to the document because they are applied.
This is one area where Microsoft 365 falls down to competitors like Google Apps; all the Microsoft 365 computers working inside a cloud still need their own installation of MSWord or other application installed on all their computers, laptops or mobiles. This implies whenever a document is opened it only appears on one computer therefore after alterations or edits you must save a copy of the document to the server and tell colleagues of the changes then they have to access the saved document to be able to see any changes. This is time consuming and can result in errors or the incorrect document or information used.
Are Microsoft right?
So have Microsoft got it right? Although there are many followers of Microsoft 365 running their businesses successfully they may actually have the ability to improve productivity and profits by using a different service provider. Google Apps is cheaper than Microsoft 365 and adding the difference in expense to the increased productivity and time savings could make a company more profitable and more efficient.
My very own feelings are that Microsoft have not got Cloud Computing right, they watch their monopoly on the program and applications market slipping from them as companies realise you don't have for expensive packages, updates or licensing. Unlike true Cloud Computing service providers, such as for example Google Apps, who already supply these essential resources within the price of the package and presented as a far more effectual resource.
Google Apps reap benefits?
Google Apps saw the benefits to be reaped by businesses using Cloud Computing services and created and continue steadily to develop a positive IT experience whereas Microsoft 365 have jumped on the bandwagon with a far more expensive and less effective Cloud Computing experience by juggling and shoehorning existing software, services and applications to their own interpretation of a cloud.