11 September 2014
“Shifting from product-centric to service-centric is a multi-year undertaking and the longer a company fights it, the further behind theywill fall.” Mike Kavis, Forbes.
Whether you think Kavis is exaggerating, or you heartily agree with his words, there is no doubt his description of ‘Mission critical applications to the cloud’ do echo the challenges and dilemmas many businesses are facing these days.
A new study ‘Business Agility in the Cloud’ (1 September, 2014), surveyed 527 Harvard Business Review readers from midsize to large companies around the world. The results revealed that 70 percent of participants have already adopted a type of Cloud application; with 74 percent declaring that cloud computing provides their organisation with a competitive advantage. Furthermore, another significant shift was identified: the growing trustworthiness of businesses in the security level cloud computing technology provides. Almost two-thirds (65 percent) reported neutral to significant positive effect on security.
Thomas Reuter’s science unit searched for ten predictions of the most significant scientific innovations that will occur in the next ten years. Analysing scientific and academic papers along with news and commercial articles, their review (July, 2014) concluded the future technological world will be (in their own words) “digital everything by 2025.”
Secured Signing, the Australasian market leader of secure X509 PKI digital signatures and e-Forms completion in the cloud, reflects the above change with its significant growing number of customers, from a variety of industries. Bill Cashman, HR Manager Australia, H&R Block (world’s largest tax services provider) says: “It’s a new way of doing business, but it’s really sped up our recruitment process and provided some great efficiencies without causing any technical headaches to implement. Paper was the bane of our lives, and we had been looking for a reliable and secure way to sign electronic documents for some time. Secured Signing’s solution ticked all the boxes. We didn’t have to change to or buy a specific HR system; it is an extension of our existing systems, so it was agile, quick, and easy to set up with great support from the Secured Signing team.”
Nelson Jackson’s words summarise it best: “I do not believe you can do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.”
Till next time,