Cloud business owners, small business owners going cloud and entrepreneurs: Get ready to tap into the cloud, as the cloud trends indicate that cloud computing demands won’t stop growing through 2015.
As reported by Enterprise Networking Planet, analyst firm IDC forecasts that network equipment revenues used to power the cloud in 2011 will reach $1.6 billion in 2011. Indeed, cloud computing is the top IT trend today, as mentioned by IDC Research Vice-President Cindy Borovick.
The cloud trends are propelled by mobile tech and social networking, driving life hacking trends, such as cloudworking (working by utilizing the cloud,) location independent living, and boundary-less business operations.
What’s in the cloud for me?
If you are an entrepreneur looking for business ideas to turn into a legitimate business start-up, you might want to consider establishing a cloud business, offering cloud services and solutions to both individuals and businesses.
If you are a business owner, you might want to tap into the power of cloud computing for business. The cloud can help you reduce your IT spending, while increasing your business’ overall productivity and adaptability toward changes.
If you are a freelancer, a solo entrepreneur or a webpreneur, you might want to utilize the cloud to help you collaborate with your ‘peers’ and clients, increasing your productivity and communication. Want to travel the world while bringing along your business? Just plug into the cloud apps, such as Google apps, and you can work from any part of the world (as long as you have access to the Internet.)
If you are an individual who is intrigued by the cloud, well, you ARE in the cloud; do you access Facebook on your smartphone? You are in the cloud; do you store your photos online? You are in the cloud.
The cloud is still young, and will experience growing pains; there will be major transformations ahead. But one thing for sure, the big guys knew that the money is in the cloud. Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce.com – allegedly the big four in cloud computing – are racing to increase their cloud market share. I think that’s enough for me to pay close attention on the cloud.