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Mark Rockwell, Rockton Software

Why I Love the Cloud . . .


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The cloud rocks. No, it is not perfect, but it has a lot to offer. With a multitude of business benefits, it is clear why the leading software makers in the world are all in on bringing solutions to market.

 

Here at Rockton Software, we recently shut down our hosted Exchange Server, which cost us over 700 dollars per month. Besides the cost, it was a hassle to keep this server running, updated, patched, backed up, and fully functional. Since we moved to Office 365, our email just works, and we have eliminated the cost, as well as the annoyance of the IT overhead to keep our own Exchange Server running.

 

We are considering moving our CRM system online, too. I am waiting for the performance of CRM Online to stabilize, and I think Microsoft is almost there. To take down another server to manage just makes a lot of sense. We have gone from a hosted environment requiring five servers down to three, and I expect to be on zero in another year.

 

As we continue to migrate to the cloud, we have less hassles with VPNs. Our data, the software, and entire experience is available from nearly every web-enabled device. The best part about it is that almost everyone wins—great for customers, great for partners, and great for software vendors!

 

Yes . . . the cloud has some growing pains, but with so many vendors betting the future on it, I think it will get better—faster than most evolutions of technology. Yup, the cloud rocks. I am ecstatic to see where it will take us.

 

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Written by Mark Rockwell, President of Rockton Software.

One Response to “Why I Love the Cloud . . .”

  1. Nancy says:

    I have visited with two companies over the last two weeks that have had a bad experience with cloud applications. Unfortunately these companies did not clearly define their business requirements with the vendor prior to signing a contract. It is imperative that if you decide to move ANY business process to the cloud that you have a trusted adviser review contracts and discuss your business needs PRIOR to making such a move or obligation. We are now helping these companies move the applications back to on-premise.