Mobility and cloud provider Model Metrics identified mobile cloud computing as the number one enterprise cloud priority in 2011 and said that mobile use among its cloud computing customers has increased three fold in the first half of this year.
According to the Chicago-based cloud and mobile VAR, more than 80 percent of its customers have smartphone and tablet adoption plans as part of their broader cloud computing initiatives, making mobilizing the cloud the top enterprise cloud priority this year. Whether customers are using dynamic illustrations of medical products on an iPad to guide surgeons in operating rooms to custom mobile applications to track product inventory, enterprises that make the cloud mobile seek to boost business processes and gain a large return.
Model Metrics based its findings on more than 150 customer engagements and found that cloud computing has evolved in the first half of 2011, with new technologies like mobility and social technologies leading the charge as the top customer priorities. I pay a lot of lip service to cloud-sync solutions — mostly for their ability to make your files accessible anywhere. But there’s another reason to tap the cloud, and it’s no less important: on-the-fly backups.
Let’s say you store all your critical Word documents in a folder called, um, Word documents. Now let’s say your PC decides one day that it no longer wants to boot — which happened to me a couple weeks ago. Your data is effectively trapped inside your dead machine. This can either be a huge, career-threatening disaster or a minor, mildly inconvenient hassle. In my case it was the latter, as I’d configured my Word documents folder to sync with one of the cloud service. My desktop was dead, but so what? I just hopped on my laptop, which was also configured with the same cloud service, and got back to work. All the files were there, having been synced to the cloud and then back down to a local folder.