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Chapter Three: The Cloud is a Game Changer

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Cloud computing is changing the requirement to have an internal IT person or department maintaining and updating software to shifting that work to an external source.  Software and infrastructure residing in the cloud are maintained and updated by the cloud and/or applications providers. All that’s required to access cloud-based services is a compatible Internet-enabled device.

This frees the business to focus more time, energy, and resources on its core capabilities.  There is almost no limit on what businesses can do in the cloud:

  • Data back-up and storage
  • Email and Web hosting
  • Document sharing and collaboration,
  • Security
  • Web conferencing
  • Workflow optimization
  • Financial services
  • Vendor management
  • Training
  • Marketing
  • Customer relationship management

Cloud computing has been a great equalizer for small businesses, providing them with affordable access to technology that was only available to much larger enterprises. The cloud also lowers the cost barrier when it comes to hardware and software purchasing strategies, and it shifts those outlays from capital expenditures, which must be depreciated and amortized over time, to operating expenses, which are fully deductible in the accounting period in which they are incurred.

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