Cloud hosting poised to bring about a wave of innovations

The growth of cloud hosting services over the last few years has often been noted. However, the usage of cloud servers to potentially instigate a wave of innovation across multiple industries is often neglected.

The cloud's ability to efficiently deliver computing resources on a massive scale and utilize those functions at a higher level than most dedicated hardware provides distinct benefits to firms that use cloud hosting, CloudSigma CEO Robert Jenkins wrote in AllThingsD. The advantages reaped by these companies eventually make it to the general economy and increase the the efficiency with which computer resources are delivered.

"As the cloud matures with increased interoperability, data portability and price/performance transparency, there will be a domino effect on the economy," Jenkins wrote. "Providers will have to compete based on how they innovate in delivering computing resources as well as how they can meet the needs of specific clients and use cases."

More industries now depend on computers, and as their needs grow the resources offered by cloud hosting will be used to help them expand, according to Jenkins. Businesses will be able to see the cloud as a resource commodity that can be utilized to launch revolutionary changes within their industries.

Predicting innovations
The bond between innovation and commodities is very tight. Resources like those found in the cloud carry the possibility of accelerating scientific achievements, Jenkins wrote. The possibilities are many, as companies work to develop new applications.

These changes may not be apparent for a while, as many firms continue to shape their usage of cloud hosting to improve efficiency within their own systems, Joe McKendrick wrote for Forbes.

"Organizations embracing cloud-based collaboration technologies - be it video, telephony, social media or document-sharing - tend to overwhelmingly see quicker returns on their investments in the form of greater innovation and greater internal efficiencies," McKendrick wrote.

The collaborative opportunities offered by cloud hosting are currently fostering teamwork within and between companies. Businesses are working to deliver consistent products, services and customer experiences on a global scale. These efforts can benefit from using the cloud to create uniform systems and applications.

Collaboration between employees can benefit from the fact that the cloud can be used across departments within the same firm, McKendrick wrote. The very nature of the technology reflects the way in which many businesses are organized today. Often, work is carried out by loosely defined teams rather than through a distinct company command structure. The collaborative tools offered through cloud hosting services can help these teams carry out their work more effectively while providing them with a platform for sharing their ideas, problems and expertise.

Collaboration between employees can benefit from the fact that the cloud can be used across departments within the same firm, McKendrick wrote. The very nature of the technology reflects the way in which many businesses are organized today. Often, work is carried out by loosely defined teams rather than through a distinct company command structure. The collaborative tools offered through cloud hosting services can help these teams carry out their work more effectively while providing them with a platform for sharing their ideas, problems and expertise.

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