Every company, irrespective of its size or location, has loads of computing activities to undertake in order to maintain its business operations. This can include but are not limited to data entry, data processing, storage and retrieval. In more complex circumstances, it could involve data transmission, communication, customer/client services management, centralization of IT systems and network administration. Whatever these IT requirements turn out to be, the good news is that cloud computing has been identified as a technology for increasing companies’ computing powers.
A typical example of how this works can be seen in Zillow, a US real estate company that helps clients solve their real estate problems, which include finding homes, apartments, properties to rent or buy in some states in America, seeking advice on mortgage rates and interests, and requiring periodical communication in order to be aware of the latest developments in US real estate. Interesting enough, Zillow has been able to accomplish these tasks more efficiently than ever before due to its adoption of cloud technology. As a matter of fact, Zillow benefits from cloud computing in these two major ways explained below:
- Handling of Big Data:–cloud computing facilitates better handling of big data in Zillow’s day-to-day activities. As a real estate company, Zillow is daily confronted with the challenges of managing huge data and information related to its increasing number of potential and existing clients, new apartments, houses and properties up for sales or rent, and the list of active clients that require regular communication and advice on how to maintain their properties. The process of managing such hefty data sets may be daunting and costly if Zillow has continued to rely only on its previous in-house IT infrastructures. However, the adoption of cloud computing has reportedly increased Zillow’s computing power by streamlining the processes by which important data are obtained, processed, stored, retrieved and transmitted on a regular basis.
- Price Estimation:–Cloud computing assists Zillow in generating more accurate price estimates that add more value to the worth of the properties the company sells or rents out to clients. This is achievable due to the fastness or speed of internet connection that is guaranteed in the cloud, where almost system interruption is unthinkable or occurs in rare cases.
There are other positive impacts of improved or high computing power on business activities. Apart from the two main merits discussed above in relation to Zillow, companies can be rest assured that the quality of their operations will be optimized and maintained over a long period of time. In the absence of internet connection disruption, loss of data and human errors sometimes caused by in-house IT employees, companies can work towards achieving their expected profitability level and business success rates. They can improve the quality of services or goods they offer to their clients without having to spend more on their IT requirements.
As a matter of fact, businesses are adopting cloud technology in droves nowadays simply because of the promise of cost efficiency and high business performance. Funds that should have been squandered on hiring, training and maintaining in-house IT staff can be utilized to expand business activities and diversify business interests. Some companies that utilize cloud technology are able to increase their profitability projections for the years succeeding when they switched their daily operations to the clouds. This is because they do not have to spend much money on keeping their IT systems running, which are monitored and looked after by third-party cloud computing service providers. This smoothness of running one’s business without any observable hitch is transferable to the quality of services or goods that are delivered to the end-users or consumers. And this, without doubt, has a far-reaching effect on the issue of client relationship.
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About the Guest Author:
Jerry Olasakinju, a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree holder, is a passionate researcher and writer whose interest in everything computing is unparalleled. He blogs about his literary works at http://jerryolasakinju.blogspot.jp/