6.) Consistency With New Releases – Martin Welker at Zenkit
Zenkit is a project management app. It allows you to perform tasks such as study your data analytics; find points of reference between the information that you may not have previously noticed; create filters and aggregations; and design formulas. Martin Welker, the CEO and founder of this company, sold his first application when he was only 15. He has been developing business productivity software for more than 20 years. His customer base, at 5 million, is just slightly over the entire population of South Carolina. The fact that Welker is paying so much attention to emergent data strategies should not be surprising, since it is aligned with his appreciation for cloud.
Welker explains that there are many reasons it makes sense to use cloud when you need app hosting. These are, in his opinion, the most compelling things that the technology has to offer:
- It is reliable. You will often get much better reliability with a cloud backend than you will with one that you architect and build in an on-premise datacenter. You are able to include a Service Level Agreement that guarantees, by extension, the service levels that are guaranteed by a credible infrastructure provider. Your systems will be live 24/7, Welker says – and throughout, your uptime will be maintained at a high level (assuming you have a solid SLA and are working with a host that gets praise from third-party reviews). You will also get high reliability from the IT staff running your servers, because they will be monitoring around the clock, there to answer and resolve any late-night support questions or issues that arise.
- It boosts your adoption. Cloud gives you a really low barrier to entry. People are used to web-based software. It’s possible to get people to register with a single click. Since everything is Internet-based, anyone who is online is a potential user or customer.
- It is built for the peaks and valleys. You can scale – not just grow, but fluctuate in response to demand without having to change your servers. That means you don’t need hardware padding, so you can operate on a leaner model.
- It is becoming the new normal. Cloud is becoming ubiquitous, which also means that it is the only place you will be able to find certain cutting-edge or sophisticated capabilities.
- It is highly flexible. You are able to introduce and release new patches and updates to your software that get applied throughout all users – because no one has to download anything (whether an end-user or a system administrator). If you screw something up in the code, it is fast to go back to the most recent version.
7.) Allows for Size-Ambiguous IT – André Gauci at Fusioo
Fusioo is an online database app, and André Gauci is its CEO. Gauci notes that the chief element cloud has to offer that is often cost-prohibitive in a traditional setting is scalability. This strength, also mentioned by Welker above, means that, for example, you are ready for Black Friday on-demand in November but don’t have to be ready for it year-round.
8.) Ease of Access – Tieece Gordon at A1 Comms
Tieece Gordon of UK telecommunications provider A1 Comms notes that cloud is the best setting for working and storing information, because it allows you to embrace a characteristic that is fundamental for business success: versatility.
You are able to become more versatile because you can better connect with people from all areas. Your data environments are seamless and ready right now for anyone to be able to access data irrespective of where they are.
In this setting, Gordon points out, you get better productivity and better efficiency. “Instant and simple access means there’s more time to put towards more pressing operations than trying to find something lost within a pile of junk,” he says.
9.) Recurring Revenue – Reuben Yonatan at GetVoIP
Get VoIP is a voice-over-IP review site that is built on a cloud infrastructure. Reuben Yonatan is the company’s founder and CEO. Based on a decade of experience with enterprise infrastructure, he notes that one of the best parts about a cloud-hosted app is that it gives you recurring revenue. How? If you create a subscription model for your app, the price of continuing to develop the app is covered by customers automatically (as opposed to having to convince people to upgrade to a new version of it).
Agreeing with some of the other experts highlighted in this piece, Yonatan says that the cloud is a way to:
- remove stress from software updates;
- allow for simple and broad access;
- save money in your budget; and
- scale as needed, since the physical act of introducing hardware is unnecessary within a cloud (except at the level of the entire ecosystem).
10.) Minimized Resource Staff – Aaron Vick at Cicayda
Cicayda is a legal discovery software. And Aaron Vick is its Chief Strategy Officer. One of Vick’s core specialty areas is technology workflow. He is sold on cloud hosting for two primary reasons mentioned by others within this report: scalability and mass-updating across the whole user base. From his perspective, it is those two capabilities of this virtualized model that allow it to far surpass what was possible with systems built in the 1990s and 2000s. Because you can scale on-demand, that means you do not have to worry about your system regardless how many people are making requests to your servers. By being able to introduce an updated version of the software to the entire population of users simultaneously, it saves money – since you don’t need to fund the resource staff that would be needed to maintain a traditional installation environment.
11.) Innovative Edge – Jeff Kear at Planning Pod
Planning Pod is a cloud hosted SaaS registration and event management system. The way Kear sees it is that innovation is one of the most effective ways to generate attention and foster customer retention. Plus, it gives you a way to differentiate yourself – absolutely critical within a crowded market. The app is running within a behind-the-scenes backend instead of on user devices, the software company is much better enabled to introduce new aspects and mechanisms than if they distributed file updates that would not always get installed locally.
Plus, Kear pointed out that a software company is able to test features across the whole user community rather than testing with small groups of users.
12.) No Big Initial Investment – Mirek Pijanowski at StandardFusion
StandardFusion is a government, risk management, and compliance (GRC) app that is hosted in the cloud – intended to make maintaining compliance and security more user-friendly. Mirek Pijanowski, the firm’s cofounder and CEO, notes that cloud is a great technology to leverage because it means that you don’t have to directly manage equipment.
“Every year,” says Pijanowski, “we reevaluate the time and costs associated with moving our applications away from the cloud and quickly determine that with the dropping cost of cloud hosting, we may never go back.”
Are you in need of cloud hosting for your business? At Total Server Solutions, we believe that a cloud-based solution should live up to the promise described by the above developers and thought-leaders. It should be scalable, reliable, fast, and easy to use. We do it right.
Note: The statements by the developers that are referenced within this article were originally made to and published by Stackify.