Cloud computing was originally used for backup storage. Cloud computing provides storage space, as well as spam filtering. One of the major cloud computing services is salesforce.com. Different providers allow a single application to be accessible to thousands of different customers and from many different computers for a low cost monthly payment, or “pay as you go”.
Now, cloud computing is being taken to another level with outwright.com. This is a company that is useful to many small business owners such as Sharon Chase. Chase owns her own business where she hosts princess parties for little girls. She often finds that she is overwhelmed with managing her many different bank and paypal accounts. When it came time to paying her vendors and making the spreadsheets, this was the final straw for her. Outwright.com has made her life so much easier and comes with no cost. It allows the user to input and edit data that is stored on servers that can be located anywhere, after registering with a specific developer. Outwright.com is less intimidating for small-business owners and makes the accounting process much easier by being able to have many accounts; it also shows spending patterns and itemizes different expenses.
Cloud computing is on its way to making desktop software obsolete. I think this is a major breakthrough and will be very successful. If you are away on business and information is stored to your desktop only, then you are unable to reach your accounts and all your data. With outwright.com someone can sync numerous applications in one and be able to access it from almost anywhere. With cloud computing you can even access your data from your mobile device. I think this is a major benefit because with the click of a button all your data flies will be in your handheld device.
One downfall to having all your work files open on your phone is the great chance of you losing it. If your phones ends up in the wrong hands then that person has access to all your accounts and information. It is much harder to lose a desktop or laptop, because of their size. Cellphones are the number one most lost object in the country. With people always being so busy now a days and having a million things on their mind, makes it that much more possible to lose their phone.
For the most part cloud computing will be beneficial to large companies. Their employees will be able to increase the amount of work they can get done by taking their projects home with them or even on business trips, in turn making them more profit. There is now no more excuse for employees that they didn’t have access to their work files at home. I think this is a great investment for large companies, as well as small business owners. Cloud computing will eliminate frustration and wasted time that could be put back into the business.