Despite recent revelations regarding the NSA’s extensive surveillance of email messages, Internet traffic and mobile communications, no one expects people or businesses to discard these essential habits and tools. In fact, I believe cloud-based alternatives to traditional, on-premise software and systems will continue to expand in 2014, as providers offer more deployment choices.
The skepticism surrounding the “cloud” terminology among some IT and corporate decision-makers is increasingly being converted into measurable business benefits by organizations that have adopted Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service solutions.
As a result, fewer corporate executives are wondering what the cloud is or why they should consider cloud-based services. Instead, they are now examining where, when and how they should take advantage of these on-demand alternatives.