webmasterMay 26, 2015May 26, 2015In a recent study titled “Tech Overload is Overblown “ by The Blackstone Group and Softchoice of 1,000 full-time U.S. and Canadian employees, it found that cloud computing has a significant impact on workplace productivity, happiness and work/life balance. This blog will address the findings of this study, the roles SaaS, ERP and Big Data play in cloud implementation and how Hartford Technology Rental can help with your cloud computing strategy. What is SaaS and what did the Survey Find? Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by the cloud and made available to employees over the Internet. The survey found that 74% of SaaS app users said they were happy at work versus non-SaaS app users who measured 19% on the happiness barometer. What is ERP and How Does it Work on the Cloud? Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business management software that a company uses to collect, store, manage and interpret data from many business activities including: cost accounting, product or service delivery, marketing and sales activities and inventory management. Pat Garrehy, President of Rootstock Software, stated, “With Cloud ERP, using the SaaS model, users are provided access to ERP software and databases in a new manner. Instead of managing the infrastructure and platform upon which the ERP software suite runs, the cloud providers do so for them.” What is Big Data and What is its Challenge with Cloud Computing? Big Data takes extremely large data sets that are analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations. It is speculated that much of a company’s IT investment is going to be spent managing and maintaining Big Data now and in the future. The primary challenge with Big Data lies with the company’s security measures. However, according to Francis Li, Vice President of Softchoice, this challenge can be handled with good app use policies that are communicated often. “Too often a breach occurs or data is leaked simply because an employee wasn’t aware of the company’s policy,” stated Li. Where do SaaS, ERP, Big Data and Cloud Computing Intersect? It turns out that as all of these processes, tools and apps move to the cloud and more technology innovation occurs with mobile devices such as tablet rentals and wearables, employees will feel great autonomy with the apps and technology they use, all the while creating an environment of enhanced productivity and happiness. Li feels that work will be completed quicker and employees will not be tied to their desk, day in and day out. In addition, as long as IT chooses a private cloud option, data has a much reduced risk of being lost or breached due to external devices such as thumb drives or having the ability to forward sensitive emails. Hartford Technology Rental Offers Cloud Computing Rental Options If your company is looking for a more efficient, cost effective way of doing business that will lead to happy employees, consider a private cloud computing rental solution from Hartford Technology Rental. With the cloud, you can access information anytime, anywhere and on any device in a secure environment. In addition, if you are unsure how cloud computing will work in your environment, call us at 888.520.5667 to speak to a specialist about your cloud computing needs.