When it comes to truly enabling a mobile workforce, the sad fact is that many existing IT infrastructures are wholly inadequate. The mobile workforce requires constant and secure access to collaboration tools and back-end systems to be productive and turn vast amounts of corporate data into corporate gold. And this is where the cloud comes in.
Cloud computing has seen huge interest in recent years, and with good reason. It gives enterprises flexible and secure access to large amounts of scalable computing power, with the freedom to adjust capacity up and down to support the natural cycles of the business. In practice, this means that IT can become more responsive to the pace and dynamic nature of business, with technology truly acting as a strategic business enabler.
This latest computing model has the potential to transform enterprise operations; flexible access to large amounts of scalable computing power gives enterprises the freedom to access resources on demand to support natural business cycles. This marks a fundamental change in mindset, but is one that business leaders really need to adopt if they are to drive future business success (or they can be sure that the competition will).
Combining cloud computing with intelligent networks — which comprise ultra-wideband capacity, “super” data centers for the cloud and smart devices for anywhere, personalized applications – really begins to create an inventive, efficient and cost-effective platform for a new decade of innovation. These networks will enable applications to be seamlessly and securely ‘mobilized’ beyond the desktop to smarter, ever more portable devices, using a “thin-client” approach, where applications are stored and delivered from the cloud.
We are now seeing the enterprise cloud coming of age and delivering substantial benefits to the enterprise – helping reduce capital expenditures and create business efficiencies and better economics. Cloud services will give companies powerful new options to move workloads easily between the corporate data center and the cloud of a company’s choice. Whether a public, private or hybrid cloud model, the enterprise cloud will play an essential role in mobilizing enterprise apps that enable both workforce mobility and new business paradigms.