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Google Ushering Businesses Into the Cloud

Over the last few years, we have seen a gradual but definite transition from desktop-based applications to services that we access on the Internet, usually by means of a modern web browser.  This concept, known as “cloud computing” is awesome because it allows for users and organizations to work more productively by centrally managing their files and information in order to ensure ease of access and collaboration.  While cloud-based computing used to refer to server systems that were managed by an organizations IT department, more and more businesses and individuals are beginning to migrate themselves over to outsourced servers and services that take the frustration out of managing their information; ultimately allowing for users to focus on their actual work instead of the infrastructure.

However, as great as the cloud is, there is one big problem standing in the way of its growth: transitioning users.  Think of all of the items and possessions you have in your home.  Now think about the effort it would take to move all of those items to a new home.  That would be a lot of work, right?  Well, that’s exactly the same issue we’re seeing with cloud computing.  Users have been working with desktop-based applications for so many years that replacing them with “cloud” applications is simply unfathomable; not because of the applications themselves, but the user-generated data that goes along with them.  Perhaps one of the best examples of this concept is the Microsoft Office productivity suite, which users have used for a great many years.

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