Even though cloud computing is viewed as a crucial development for 21st century technology, there are accompanying reasons to take note of the shortcomings of the still-evolving process. Companies, for decades now, have set up their own IT departments to manage their computer data processing needs, software oversight, and technical support. Cloud computing, however, allows multiple companies and networks of individuals instant, on-demand access to such services via an internet “cloud” available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
Some liken the differences between cloud computing and standard IT department function to the handling of water access in various areas. At one time, every town had one water well that satisfied only the needs of those with direct access to the well. In the same manner, one company’s IT staff provides services for just that one business. On the other hand, cloud computing equates to every household having the ability to get as much water as they want, whenever they want, by way of a faucet found in each home.
People all over planet Earth can access the data and services found in the “cloud” hovering over the IT world. This is great, many will say, but there are negatives to keep in mind as cloud computing increases in popularity. Human nature causes us to focus on the positives in any given situation and to avoid discussion or acknowledgment of anything negative. Despite that, it is also a well understood concept that those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So, to assist future generations from having to reinvent the wheel and seek solutions to what many overlook today, here are a few of the things that do not work when it comes to cloud computing.
Nonconformity: One advantage of adopting cloud computing involves the fully automated installation and app arrangement process that results in all users having, for the most part, the same settings. Your chances of success diminish when you set out to customize major aspects of this plan to suit your company’s specific needs.
Inflexibility: Transitioning from your old process to cloud computing will require a lot of change in the way you do things. Unwillingness to adapt and alter your procedures, will result in failure.
Partial automation: The quickness and reliability of cloud computing comes primarily as a result of the automation of services. The cloud method will not work if you intend to retain most of the manual processes currently in place in your company.
Non-integration: The integration process requires the connection of cloud computing services to the few remaining apps your company will choose to keep in place. Difficulties will arise if you fail to find a way for the 2 processes to run together smoothly and flawlessly.
In summary, you will find benefits and drawbacks to the cloud computing process, but history shows that only by working to improve upon the negatives, will we achieve progress and bring about a better future outcome.