Authors: Mike Anderson, Jim Lundy Date: December 28, 2012
Topics: Cloud, Collaboration Research Note Number: 2012-52
Issues: What are the best practices for leveraging collaboration to gain a competitive advantage?
How should firms choose, and use, the cloud?
Summary: Although benefits of the cloud appear compelling, determining an effective starting point presents challenges. Cloud-based email is a good place to start a cloud migration strategy.
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The rapidly growing interest in cloud computing isn’t limited to commercial enterprises. It’s happening in government, education and non-profit segments as well. Sometimes the promises of savings can be fleeting. A great area to start the shift to cloud computing is with email, which can offer tangible savings over conventional on-premise deployments. This note reviews the things to look at when shifting to a cloud or hybrid email based approach.
For a growing number of enterprises, office communication and productivity suites are leading candidates to move to the cloud. Cloud computing promises more agile deployment, lower costs, reduced maintenance and support staff, and pay-as-you go incremental growth. Combined with flexible client choices and support for the needs of an “anytime, anywhere” workforce, enterprises are finding cloud office to be a preferred workplace.
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