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The King is Dead, Long Live the King

The PC is officially dead and the server is close behind. Now that the deep recession is behind us, it’s time to think strategically -not only tactically- about our corporate technology decisions. The cloud is here for the next 10-15 years and services are replacing servers.

Dead PC-cloud-computingNot only does the cloud replace servers with services, but it incorporates the main fiefdoms of technology trends that are adding value to businesses throughout the world. These include Mobility (bring your own device BYOD), Big Data and Social Media. By utilizing Software as a Service (Saas) applications today, your business can be device agnostic and your team can work on any device at any time, anywhere, and with any team. If you should lose your laptop, break your tablet, or even have a phone freeze, just fire up a browser and you instantly have access to all of your applications and data.

Whether it is personal or corporate, this business liberation is the consumerization of IT. We can finally have a sense of relief because the security, backups, service level agreements (SLA) and all other operational tasks and CapEx related to maintaining a server farm disappear.  Even better, you can now federate your employee logins over multiple SaaS applications. This lessens the burden on your team to grant access and to your end users to remember passwords and logins.  You can use an enterprise Single Sign On (SSO) or Google Apps for business to authenticate the enterprise in the same way that consumers use an Apple ID, Facebook login or Gmail authentication to access other consumer apps.

Once these systems are in place, your IT can repurpose that time and expense by working with your business units to add value to your business by implementing workflow, collaboration and other value that your business has been starving to implement.

The Server is Dead, Long Live the Cloud

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Originally published on April 29, 2013

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