Adoption of cloud technologies can be as simple as downloading an App from your preferred App Store or purchasing a virtual data centre environment to replicate and replace your existing complex, physical hardware architecture; achieving levels of technical and security standards that few SME or larger organisations can afford to match. All with the elastic, flexible, pay for what you need characteristics associated with other utility services.

For example, public cloud infrastructures operate at a scale where unit costs are relatively negligible, but where utilisation rates across multiple customers can improve the efficiency of asset use. The resulting investment in automation helps reduce expensive operational support costs. Innovative software based cloud services also enable organisations to be more mobile and agile by supporting multiple device access to common datasets instantly, improving efficiency and collaboration between customers, suppliers and employees.

The possibilities created by cloud computing are wide ranging; it enables environments that support the emerging Internet of Things, provides related platforms for shaping Big Data and the associated analytics; and delivers unique insights leading to wealth creation and wider societal benefits.

At every level cloud is enabling our transition to a digital society. It is already fundamentally changing all aspects of our lives; from education and work to leisure, health and care. The challenge for business is to make this transition whilst balancing business demand for speed and security. What is certainly clear is that organisations will find it increasingly difficult to ignore the benefits of the cloud as the full potential of these technologies are fully realised.