I remember one of my friends saying â€œMy dream is to sit on a cloud, and hang my legs down as if on a swingâ€. I had a hearty laugh, but restrained myself from saying, â€œItâ€™s impossibleâ€. For the simple fact that technology is one thing, the progress of which you can never underestimate. Innovation is the name of the game.
Who could have imagined â€œCloud computingâ€ to be the buzzword of the IT world? Who could have imagined that thereâ€™d be two companies using the same ERP to increase their competitive advantage in diverse areas, while storing their information in the same database? The fact is â€“ it has happened and Ramco has been the flag bearer for â€œERP on Cloudâ€ in India. With over 2000 users and 200 customers in a space of 2 years, Ramco has made its clients witness increased efficiency with their data being even more secure outside their premises.Â With the powerful new-age internet connectivity and the advent of 3G services, the expansive â€œCloudâ€ has quenched the thirst of enterprises that were earlier used to individual IT â€œoasesâ€.
But are the big enterprises ready for it? If we go by the recent headlines, the answer is a cautious YES.
Why cautious? I feel the success of these enterprises with the owned and installed IT infrastructure is the biggest hurdle in switching to the â€œCloudâ€ model. Moreover, they have been able to afford the huge investments in technical and non-technical staff required to manage private data centers. But will this mindset change, in this market of cut-throat competition and reducing bottom lines? It is an open question for you to answer.Â However, I believe that for the â€œCloudâ€ to replace the numerous â€œoasesâ€, the path will be much faster, than what went into making the bank customer believe that his money is more secure in banks than his home.
Posted By: Sameer Mishra,Â Business Consultant, Ramco Systems