Introducing Cloud: Smarter and mother-approved
Megan Moyer 110000GJAE firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  cloud cloud_computing
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LotusLive Communications and Web Content Mgr
ICS, Social Media Strategist
Oh the cloud! You’d have to be living under a rock to not be familiar with the term. Even my mother throws it around, though I am certain she really doesn’t know what it means. “My daughter works with all that cloud stuff” she told one of her coworkers recently. Truth is, the cloud is exactly what keeps me and many of my colleagues from dealing with all that “stuff” she refers to. And it’s helping businesses all around the world avoid "stuff" too - and focus their resources and skills on areas that will help drive their bottom line.
Working on the LotusLive team I have the benefit of seeing first hand how the cloud is helping companies maximize their resources and become social businesses. Newly Weds Foods, a Chicago-based ingredient manufacturer (think spices and breading used at your favorite chain restaurants), works with chefs around the globe. With cloud-based collaboration tools, they can pool their ideas and recipes in one place, provide instant feedback and avoid major redundancies - a pitfall in the past. They’re also using LotusLive to create extensive profiles for all employees, highlighting education, skills and background. So now, when the IT department is developing a new application or researching a new technology – one search on LotusLive and they can identify skills that already exist in their own company. Imagine that! (Watch how LotusLive is helping Newly Weds Food drive new business)
Russell’s Convenience is another business that is transforming the way they do business using cloud tools. With the LotusLive guest model, Russell’s store managers can easily collaborate on projects with outside vendors, using the same activity they use internally. A recent expansion project allowed architects, land owners and Russell’s operations managers to collaborate seamlessly, sharing documents and edits inside LotusLive. (See how LotusLive is saving $30K a year)
Businesses have only begun to scratch the surface of the cloud potential, and IBM is ready to make it even more attractive to enterprise clients. Today IBM announced the New IBM SmartCloud services and capabilities for organizations shifting critical activities to the cloud and using it as a platform for business. The IBM SmartCloud addresses all those things that keep decision-makers awake at night – including security and portability.
IBM plans to support about 200 million users by the end of 2012 as clients make their way to the cloud. And the irony is – my mom, whether she realizes it or not – is actually making her move to the cloud, too. And really – when you think about it -- that’s the beauty of this cloud stuff!