What does the future of business computing and software look like? So many things are changing and the pace of change is mind boggling. Consider that Smartphones and Tablets currently outsell Desktops and Laptops. This gap will continue to expand. There will always be some need for larger displays and local computing power and storage but smarter, smaller devices are here to stay. The younger generation of individuals coming out of college and into the workplace, known as "Generation Y", will only want to work with their Iphone or Android device. It may take some time before mobile devices can serve all needed information that a person needs to do their job well but I believe it will get there. Dynamics NAV ERP software is continually looking at the mobile revolution and bringing products to market that will address mobile needs.
Another shifting front, perhaps even more profound than mobile, is the shift to the "Cloud" Traditional business software deployments, in use today and still being sold, follow the on-premises model. That model worked pretty well for delivering information to the desktop. However, the "Cloud" is challenging the on-premises model and continues to see rapid market growth.
Cloud computing deployment has many benefits:
- Reduced initial Capital Outlay
- Reduced management of:
- Virus protection
- Reduced risk of catastrophe due to:
- Hardened facilities
- Redundant power
- Redundant internet access
- Quicker disaster recovery
Some business owners are not comfortable having their data in the cloud. They feel better if their data is in the room down the hall where they can see and touch it. However, owners and managers doing their due diligence will realize that their data is far safer in the Cloud than it is on-premises.
The technology for a full shift to cloud is out there. Large and small cloud providers are building out facilities and driving down the cost per user and per GB. The shift has started and it is undeniable and unstoppable.
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