catching-up-to-the-cloudOne of the greatest things about cloud computing is the scalability and flexibility it offers to businesses. Whether it’s the ability to receive automated software updates (and freeing IT staff from system maintenance) to increased collaboration opportunities with far-flung company teams and business partners, the cloud offers companies incredible opportunities to share information and transform the business while reducing hardware, software, and support requirements.

For CIOs that are intent on delivering increased business value to the enterprise, next-generation cloud technologies offer a number of opportunities for moving the business forward.

One of the hottest cloud technologies at the moment are unikernels. In a nutshell, unikernels represent a new way of building and running applications. Unlike traditional application development techniques where an app is built on top of an operating system such as Windows or Linux, developers can install those pieces of operating system functionality that are required into unikernel-led web apps.

Unikernels also offer improved security for enterprises. Using unikernels, companies can separate functionality to limit the effects of a security breach to just the component of an app that’s affected instead of impacting the entire system. This offers companies new and improved opportunities for running web applications containing customer data.

Meanwhile, cloud-based advanced analytics can deliver additional advantages to business leaders. Cloud analytics can enable executives and other business users to analyze a wider and deeper pool of market, operational, and customer data sets. By providing decision-makers with a broader collection of data to explore, along with visualization tools that can bring hidden insights to the fore, this can help business leaders to spot market and customer trends and anomalies that were previously tough to find.

Another next-generation cloud technology that can help move the business forward are advanced cloud application programming interfaces (APIs). Cloud APIs can be used to connect different parts of the business and to link the enterprise with external business partners.

For instance, the use of cloud APIs can be used to connect the enterprise with offshore developers when new customer-facing applications have to be quickly developed and deployed to act on an immediate market opportunity. Cloud APIs can also enable companies to streamline operations with business partners and serve end customers more efficiently.

As Asheem Chandna, Partner at Greylock Partners points out in a recent HMG Strategy Transformational CIO blog post, customers expect companies to interact with them anytime and anywhere, thanks to the rapidly expanding universe of digital devices. “You can be in touch with customers continuously through all of these new channels of engagement,” says Asheem. “If you don’t adapt to this new way of doing business, someone else will come along and capture your customers.”

Next-generation cloud technologies offer CIOs and the business the flexibility and agility to seamlessly connect with customers wherever and whenever they want.

Key Takeaways

  • The cloud offers companies incredible opportunities to share information and transform the business.
  • For CIOs that are intent on delivering increased business value to the enterprise, next-generation cloud technologies offer multiple opportunities to move the business forward.
  • Cloud analytics can enable business leaders to analyze a wider and deeper pool of data and to spot market and customer trends that were previously tough to find.