The other day a client mentioned his frustration with having to manually synchronize his smart phone with his computer every evening in order to insure the client contact database, address book, and calendar on the phone and computer are up to date and display the same information.
While one could argue the practice of manually synchronizing the phone and computer is a good idea and can help protect against accidental loss of data, the time and frustration associated with this daily ritual is something this client could live without.
So, while discussing the options of how to best work around and resolve the situation to my client’s benefit I mentioned the possibility of taking advantage of some cloud computing options. He responded by asking “what is cloud computing.”
Simply put, cloud computing stores data onto a server or servers connected to a network such as the internet or a company’s intranet. You connect to this data however you would normally connect to the internet or your company’s intranet. The concept of the cloud comes from the fact that you are not directly connected or tethered to a server or other computer. Instead, your indirect connection is to the network / internet, giving you access to all of the data servers or other resources also connected to the network, creating the cloud.