Hybrid Applications buyers guide

When you think Cloud these days it’s replacing servers and infrastructure that tends to spring to mind, but the term was in fact first used in reference to Web-based services replacing in-house applications. Now we seem to have turned full-circle and there are indeed desktop applications that you can move to the Cloud, or supplement with Cloud services to bring new collaboration and workflow facilities. And it’s not just Web start-ups: the biggest names in desktop software, such as Microsoft and Adobe, are going Cloud. Adobe now offers a Cloud subscription to its Creative Suite that bundles storage and online services with access to applications. Microsoft Office 2013 will go even further, including deep integration with Cloud storage and hosted versions of the Office servers through Office 365.

The combination of Cloud services and connected desktop applications brings many benefits to your business, including mobile and flexible working, backup and remote access, high availability, much faster deployment and reduced costs, all within an environment familiar to both users and administrators. Shifting expenditure from one-off, up-front capital investment to subscription charges changes the way you finance your IT too, spreading costs and potentially saving money.

Your IT team still administers the service within the Cloud but they no longer have to provision a server and deploy applications – Cloud services usually include on-demand installers for client applications. That can free up IT time but you may need to budget for some training as your users may be getting more up-to-date versions of the desktop applications that they are used to. However that should bring new features and improved security, so it’s also an advantage.

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