BUS 206 - Cloud Computing

If you were running a small business with limited funds for information technology, would you consider using cloud computing?
Though Cloud Computing is a beneficial, useful, and cheap way of processing in information technology it comes with great risks in terms of security and not being able to monitor that security. When agreeing to use cloud computing the information that one puts on there is no longer in your possession since it goes out to someone else’s servers or computers for them to keep safe and monitor. With the advancement in technology that is occurring in society today, hackers and thieves are becoming smarter and smarter into stealing information from these types of clouds. This is the main reason that I would not run my small business by a cloud due to its liability issues.
The second main reason that I would not use cloud computing is because in order to use it one needs to have internet access in order to use this technology. Since it requires internet connection that is an additional cost since one would want to have a decent internet connection in order to have a good experience with cloud computing. This would increase the cost needed for the information technology piece. If the internet was down and one needed documents for something they could not access them or if the site was down then those documents are not on hand. Looking at both of these reasons would turn me away from using cloud computing as my main source for information technology.


Data Driven Decisions
When making decisions it is important to have lots of information or data on what the scenario is that I have to make a decision on. Having additional data on the various scenarios that I could experience would be beneficial and allow me to make better decisions based on this new information that I did not have before, such as if someone is lying to me or if I am make a life decision or financial decision. It would be great to have information or data that relates to those scenarios so that I do not regret that decision and do not need to worry about the possible repercussions.

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When my Business Idea is at first to be considered small, not so important, and there are only small amount of employee, than I would consider using Cloud, so I cannot build an IT Department for my new small Business.

But after I am growing, and considering about Competition, idea is scared being steal, or worry about really important confidential data than I will build my Private Cloud, and make closed System only for our Company Employee and Company Supplier.

Than at the next Level, we can also Combined Hybrid Cloud and Offline Business Application. Offline for high computing Need from PC like CAD Application., and Online for data, text, spreadsheet, presentation, database application.

In this time of great advancement in the information system and its technology, we have advantages and disadvantage in the security and productivity that offers the saving of information during all type of companies or organization. But, having cloud computing is providing more of an advantage than a disadvantage, due to the level expediting the data and its level of security have been increasing, also.

In the past programs and applications from diverse software when it’s downloaded on a physical server in the same location with possible limited space and time consuming. but in cloud computing, allows us to access to the same kind of application via the internet.

the majority of companies are using cloud computer. for example, major banks use cloud computing and known social network like facebook and twitter use cloud for their productivity.

one of the main reason its flexibility when service remote in time productivity and serivice provide and advantage. also, provide the benefit of any sort of disaster recovery. the conventional way would sometimes be time-consuming but in cloud computing provide quick backup and updated recovery. also, cost expenditure and how much its save the high cost of hardware.

A Business New Daily article dated June 13, 2017 titled “Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide” discusses important questions for the small business manager who is considering cloud computing as an option for their business. I manage a small CPA firm* and need to implement more stable systems for data storage and backup. If I were to go with cloud computing I would investigate what author Sara Angeles referred to as a “private cloud” in her aforementioned report. The security of my client’s financial information is critical. Therefore, cloud based computing may not be the best fit for my needs.

While backup and storage of data is essential equally important is protecting our customers’ accounts from anyone who may hack the cloud or the portion thereof that I may choose to use. This is especially relevant today, when server after server has been hacked. Think Hillary. Think Yahoo. So until I am completely convinced that a private cloud is a secure option I am unwilling to trust the security of my client’s information to another entity.

*Note: I created a scenario and am writing from that perspective.


Angeles, Sara. 2017, June 13. Business News Daily “Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide.” Retrieved from BusinessNewsDaily.com on 19 October 2017: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4427-cloud-computing-small-business.html

dinCloud’s Blog - Hosted Virtual Desktops. 2013 or 2014. "5 Reasons: Why Cloud Computing for Small Businesses. Retrieved from dinCloud.com on 19 October 2017:

Small businesses need at least some IT to become successful, but creating a whole system would be difficult and costly. Cloud Computing has several advantages for small businesses in particular. It gives them greater flexibility, less initial investment, and a monthly or yearly cost based on use rather than infrastructure and more employees. Another significant advantage is flexibility. With cloud computing, employees can work online, away from the office, and even from personal devices. The flexibility here is especially important for small businesses, but cloud computing does introduce security risks.

Security is an important consideration when deciding whether or not to integrate cloud computing into a business. One one hand, if the right provider is used, the provider should have significant experience with security and specialized employees who manage their systems. They would also keep the systems updated regularly. However, there is third party risk. The business shopping for a provider for cloud computing should ask who would be responsible for a security breach. In addition to the provider, the businesses employees add a security risk if they use their personal devices for work. Their personal devices might not be as secure as their work computers.

Overall, cloud computing is extremely attractive to small businesses. Cloud computing provides flexibility in several ways, such as in infrastructure, and specialized employees, but it also introduces security risks. Perhaps a logical path would be an integrated approach, keeping the most confidential information on a local system and using cloud computing for other services.

When beginning a small company I would first want to start with a system that is most cost effective and efficient for my employees. Based on the improvements over the past few in the cloud based computing I believe that it would be the most efficient use for my small business. At first I wouldn’t need to pay for a lot of extra storage space on the cloud and as the business grew I could quickly change the amount of space needed. It would also allow for my employees to work from home or while they are traveling making the business more efficient.

Even though there are a few kinks in the cloud based system, they are quickly getting ironed out as cloud based computing is becoming the norm. For small businesses it seems like the best option with the least amount of costs associated with it.

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Considering that it is a small business with limited funds, Cloud Computing might be the feasible option since purchasing hardware will be more expensive to maintain. I would like to entertain a hybrid approach as a way to explore this topic further.

Depending on the type of business and the sensitive nature of its information, this can be a deciding factor as to which information will go on the cloud and which information will remain on hardware servers because the nature of the information comes with certain requirements. The risks of cloud computing is being challenged by sophisticated hacking methods that are finding ways to compromise the security protocols of cloud computing and with such information, ransomware can be the motivator. A small business should however consider cloud computing if truly sensitive information is not an issue. Cloud computing is scalable , efficient and mobility is a big one because you can access cloud computing from any location with an internet connection. Such factors help a small business to remain within budget and also meet information security requirements as well as day to day MIS requirements. There are still significant risks and every CEO is stressing about cyber security, but cloud computing a great solution for small businesses to get started.

I would certainly use cloud computing if I was running a small business. Running and maintaining servers is expensive, and in a small business, it is essential to decrease costs as much as possible. An article in The Balance, https://www.thebalancesmb.com/why-cloud-computing-is-ideal-for-small-businesses-2948273, states that cloud computing is beneficial for small businesses because of its ability to consolidate applications, reduce staff members due to a lack of need to maintain in-house software, and saving hardware space. In addition, this article states that S&P Global found that 60% of organizations will have the IT departments off-premise within the next two years. Cloud computing will be essential in centralizing data and systems when departments are splintered.

Due to the reasons stated above, cloud computing is a huge component in reducing costs and increasing efficiency for small companies. Not only is cloud computing cheaper, it allows an easily accessible, centralized storage of data that does not need to be updated by each personal user. Cloud computing is a great way for a small company to grow.

If I were running a small business with limited funds for information technology, I would consider using cloud computing. Since most cloud vendors offer multi-application, starter packages, they cover most of what small businesses require such as invoicing, expense tracking, and simple reporting for an affordable price. Finding a vendor that offers compatibility with mobile phones would also be helpful when you need a quick update on the go.

Reference: https://www.thebalancesmb.com/why-cloud-computing-is-ideal-for-small-businesses-2948273

A good rule of thumb depending on:
How critical are your data?
Business applications with critical data - on premise.
Business applications with no critical data - cloud.
How big is your business?
Small business - cloud.
Big business - a mix of cloud and on premise.