It is rather unfortunate, perhaps, that one of the most important and beneficial technological developments of the last 20 years has been given a name which is not only extremely inaccurate but which also tends to incite apprehension among non-techies.
Allow us to dispel some myths. ‘Cloud computing’ does not mean systems and data are somehow floating about in the sky. Neither does it have any connection to the weather, in the UK or anywhere else.
The term ‘cloud computing’ means using extremely sophisticated, highly secure servers (physical pieces of IT kit which hold data and software) which are located in specialist buildings away from your offices. These remote servers are considerably more secure than servers housed in ordinary computer rooms – and much safer than holding data on any personal computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone, any and all of which can be stolen, hacked into, lost or damaged at any time.
Using these remote servers with the right software allows managers and their staff to exploit all the features and benefits of systems (such as the Microsoft Office 365 suite, customer relationship management systems, intranets and extranets) and data (including prospect databases, documents and spreadsheets) at any time, from any internet-enabled device.