The term ‘cloud’ has become so commonplace, it’s about to become obsolete. While businesses used to have to invest in expensive hardware to grow, scaling today has become affordable and seamless. Want to add 10,000 more users to your contact management system? Just use a cloud-based service provider like Salesforce.com and you’re done. You no longer have to think about the logistics, you just trust in the power of the cloud.
The elusive ‘cloud’ has taken away the hassle of buying expensive equipment, hiring IT managers, and dealing with infrastructure failures. It’s no longer your problem. You can leave those details to the high level cloud gurus.
While information used to be expensive and hard to come by, today it’s a wide open playing field with resources for everyone. Access is everywhere. As written in a recent VentureBeat post, “To take one relatively minor example, Stitch Labs’ inventory management system gives small-time Etsy sellers the ability to get sales-channel reports and customer insights that you used to only get if you were willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on an enterprise resource management system.” Examples like this are everywhere. DropBox, Evernote, Salesforce, Flickr, Mint, Eventbrite, Square, etc. The more data you need stored, the more options become available to you.
So, here’s where the “cloud will become obsolete” statement comes in. Just like we don’t send each other “Internet emails,” we soon won’t be buying “cloud services.” We’ll just be buying services. The cloud is everywhere. (I’ll avoid using some cheesy metaphor about the cloud since I know we’re all sick of them by now.)