When 2015 was declared, “The Year of the Cloud,” all things cloud began to rule the landscape. And, though we’ve been told the future success of our organizations hinges on our prowess with the “Internet of Things” and “Big Data,” many of us are still saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
However, I think a better way of looking at the evolution of cloud and technology in general is to say, “If it makes our lives better, let’s embrace it.”
There are some great examples of the power of the cloud and all that entails (big data,social media, mobile, anywhere access, etc.) being literal lifesavers. For example, efforts around Hurricane Sandy benefited tremendously from the immediacy of social media to gather and share information quickly to a broad group of people.
We’ve reached a point where the cloud has passed the hype stage and is rapidly moving toward full maturity, with that expected arrival in the next 2 to 5 years. In other words, cloud computing is quickly reaching a stage of equilibrium, and is no longer just a novel idea relegated to small pockets of early adopters or enthusiasts. It’s mainstream and the norm when it comes to technology adoption in a business setting.
Today, websites are visited more on mobile devices than on computers. People can go online with a credit card and buy anything immediately. In our instant-gratification society, people want access to information where they are and precisely when they need it. As one presenter at the recent Cloud Partners’ conference noted, technology is no longer a portion of the world economy – it is the world economy.
Abila, recently named a Cloud Top 500 Applications Vendor, is particularly interested in how the people we serve prepare to move to the cloud. Our mission to provide leading solutions and services to our customers, while advancing their missions, means that we are always looking at what technology can achieve. So you can perform your best work and focus on what’s important.
We recently conducted a study of nonprofit finance and accounting professionals, and found that 59 percent of organizations are seeing a shift to cloud-based technologies. We are seeing that shift in our constituents as more people seek information on the cloud. As supporters and board members have demanded more transparency from their nonprofits, organizations have responded with better data visualization, system integrations, and non-financial reporting.
Cloud technology is a change that can enhance not only the experience of workers with anytime, anywhere access, but also IT managers. As another Cloud Partners’ presenter noted, a cloud migration experience is necessary for IT leaders. “If your CIO hasn’t implemented or developed a cloud strategy, he or she should be looking for a new job.” And while that may seem a bit harsh, the reality is that the cloud is certainly where technology lives.
It’s no longer a question of “where technology is headed.” We are there. Now, it’s just a matter of making it work for us.
Stay tuned for more insight from our study of nonprofit finance and accounting professionals. For more information on moving to the cloud, download our report, Life in the Cloud: What it all Means for You.