There's no question that cloud computing now plays a big role in most of our lives, although many people may not even realise it. Mobile phones, computers, games consoles, cars, connected appliances, watches... the list goes on.
The amazing thing about Wimbledon is that for 50 weeks of the year it is a private tennis club which evolves for two weeks of the year into a world-class global sporting event delivering fans one of the best, immersive digital experiences here in the UK and beyond - all efficiently enabled by using cloud technology.
To a professional services executive focused on delivering results, terms like "mobile," "social," "cloud" and "big data" can sound like little more than buzz words. Yet, together, these four technologies converge as today's platform for digital business. And when harnessed properly, they can drive real change within your organisation.
In the modern world, technology never stops evolving and the rate of change seems to be increasing. Ten years ago YouTube was in its infancy, yet now your favourite films and TV shows can be streamed at the click of a button.
There is a direct link between capturing time and expenses in a mobile device and profitability. The ability to capture hours in an app drives greater accuracy and more billable hours, ensuring fewer write-offs. The result? A faster work-to-cash process and considerable bottom line savings.
For many the assertion that your business can become 100% digital isn't practical but the simplicity and efficiency of digitisation is an ambition that can be leveraged in every business, whether it is shifting bulk aggregates, or tailoring bespoke suits for a global market.
The past year has seen the world's digital transformation take another significant step forwards. Cyber security, wearable technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and the continuous expansion of the cloud, are all changing the way we interact with technology. But what does the future hold?
Here are my predictions for 2015, which focus on the upcoming challenges of "BYOIoT" in the work place, securing the connected vehicle and the opportunities for everything from healthcare to the supply chain.
Making predictions in the fast-paced technology world today can be tricky. However, there are several clear-cut trends developing as we approach 2015 that deserve close attention from the industry at large.
It is time for SMEs to fully embrace the technology that is available to them. Many small business owners will deem themselves time poor, but there are solutions to help and enable more time to be reserved for growth and development. Technology is no longer an area exclusive to the bigger companies, it should be central to SMEs' daily activity.