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Cloud Software vs. Traditional Software

According to Gartner, Software as a Service adoption is expected to hit $250 billion by 2017, with the worldwide market growing at a rate of 20.2% each year. That’s a huge market, and that’s because so many businesses are opting for cloud software today due to the enormous benefits it provides. Traditional software has quickly become less convenient, cost efficient and adaptable. It’s tough to compete with a modern technology that adapts to business’ exact needs and remains both affordable and secure. Let’s take a look at why cloud software trumps the traditional methods today.

Easier to Deploy and Manage

Cloud software is much easier to deploy and manage because, well, the business’ IT team hardly has to do any work! Installation and management becomes the provider’s responsibility, and suddenly, setup time drops from what traditionally could be days or weeks, to just hours! Cloud software is provided with a “renting” model. When you’re renting access to the software and hardware that powers it, you don’t need to spend time, energy or money on getting the necessary hardware or installing software for dozens of users to access. There’s essentially no waiting time.

When it comes to trying new software, it’s quick and easy to run a proof of concept to see if a certain application is the best fit for a business’ needs. Most software providers today offer free trial periods, allowing an organization to really get a feel for the app before committing.

Better yet, cloud software tends to be extremely easy to use. The average business user can pick it up quickly!

Automatic Upgrades

Traditionally, the IT department was bogged down with maintenance and management tasks, and guess what? Constant software upgrade requests! Traditional software also often forced users to purchase the upgrade and reinstall it, which is an unnecessary hassle. Cloud software leads to significantly lower costs and effort associated with any upgrades or new releases. While the cloud provider ensures that users are constantly working on the latest, greatest software without interruption, IT can focus on delivering higher value to the business.

Easy Scalability

Cloud applications can quickly adapt to spikes in business demands. This is something that traditional software couldn’t’ easily do. With a cloud solution, businesses can simply adjust their subscription with the provider to either scale up with demand or scale down as demand drops. This helps organizations avoid over-paying or under-preparing. It’s really the perfect fitting solution because it adjusts to the ever-changing needs of businesses.

Lower Costs

When it comes to cloud software, the provider takes on a lot of the costs that an organization would normally face. The business doesn’t pay for the hardware that powers the applications, or the arduous install or ongoing management required. Additionally, you’re not committed to the software forever! You pay for the length of time you want to use the software, since you’re using a pay-as-you-go or pay-per-user model. This leaves the power in the business’ hands. This factor really opens software to a wider market of businesses with smaller budgets, allowing everyone to work on a more even playing field.

Work Anywhere

Since the software is hosted in the cloud, it’s accessible via the Internet. This characteristic makes it easy for users to access their business applications through mobile, tablet or other Internet-capable devices. This is a game changer for users that are constantly away from the office but need the capability to continue working.

Greater Security

This one tends to surprise people, but you have to remember: cloud providers are dependent on their services working all the time because that’s their core business! That means they focus 100% of their resources to making this happen, while businesses are only able to devote a portion of their IT resources. Since providers are able to dedicate their resources and budget to the latest, strongest security measures, cloud security tends to be stronger than what many individual businesses have in place.

Many organizations probably already use cloud software without consciously making that decision. Think of the benefits you can reap if you move forward with these applications with a strategy in mind!

You can learn about RapidScale’s Business Apps as a Service solution, CloudApps, in this course: RapidScale’s CloudApps.

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