Learning from the Past
Cloud computing software, like Dropbox, takes an abrupt u-turn on this way of thinking. This time though, whilst separate from the input device, the data is no longer on a server in a back room down the corridor, it’s accessed via the internet.
Whether it’s from your work or home desktop, laptop, tablet or phone, you can access and update the latest version of your professionally secured files wherever you happen to be.
Usability as well as Security
Unlike shared hard drives, to share specific files you don’t need IT to partition data into a plethora of drives and set up specific user access. Just create a folder and invite someone to access that folder so they can view/ update it. What some people may not realise is they are already using the cloud…
Cloud by Stealth
Think of the web apps you use. Cloud computing apps like Facebook and Twitter has led to a 59% decrease in email use in US teens from Dec. ’09 to Dec. ’10*. So if you are looking at moving to the cloud, you already are! Just not for work documents.
So, its Back to the Future everyone !
* Source of e-mail stats: comScore