Technology has advanced and
so has the way of utilizing it. Whatever we use these days whether it is Smartphone,
tablet, smartwatch etc. cannot work without the concept of cloud computing. The
apps that are downloaded on Smartphone or tablet is done with the help of cloud
computing only. The major advantage is that it doesn’t require any physical
infrastructure. The only thing that is needed is the internet enabled device.
Today, cloud computing is
being used by ecommerce companies for the individuals to know their products
and buy it through the app that the consumer can download on their smartphones
and buy the product while doing anything. That’s the only reason why mobile
commerce is gaining momentum. These apps are DIY apps and they are designed in
such a way that even a layman can use it on their own without much help.
Companies like Myntra have closed down their websites and have made available
their apps on the Smartphone only.
Cloud computing has also
helped many people to get information about anything with the help of Google,
while sitting in the comfortable confines of their homes. Also students can
enroll or subscribe themselves in ecommerce service companies like Toppr’s and
gain all the knowledge without having to visit any of the tuition centers or
brick and mortar coaching classes.
Cloud computing has also
helped people to set up their online shops and operate it with minimum physical
infrastructure and minimal cost involved. When the cost involved is low anyone
can experiment with their ideas through pilot runs and see if their idea is
working. If it works then they can invest more and go ahead with their ideas or
else plan an easy exit strategy. So experimenting with feasibility study in the
real-time online marketplace has also become easy and many people having a good
business or service ideas are actually experimenting with as it seems cheap and
affordable. This has also become the reason for mushrooming of so-many
ecommerce companies which are providing various services to the people sitting
at home, without the need of stepping out of the houses.
Earlier, for any banking
transaction ranging from transferring money, cash withdrawal, checking the bank
statement, we had to visit banks but nowadays due to facility of netbanking we
can do many activities sitting at home. Not only that, banks are coming up with
their apps so that banking is made easy for the public. So many banking
activities like paying bills etc can be done very easily. Also anybody can
withdraw money from the nearest ATM’s from anywhere globally, only they had to
carry along with them their domestic or international credit cards. Also
purchasing is made easy as one just needs to swipe their debit or credit cards
for making payments. In some cases, if the card is lost then one has to get it
blocked immediately through the customer care and can get issued a new card
immediately. So the banking has become completely electronic, thanks to cloud
computing. These days mobile banking is also gaining popularity to make
payments while making purchases.
Government is taking an
initiative to build smartcities. Now what is smartcity? Smartcity is a city in
which everything ranging from living, work, study and travel is to be managed
electronically. This is happening in pieces but not together. All things
clubbed together electronically form a smart city.
Education has also become
digital. Teachers across the globe are connecting together to impart quality
education to students even in remote parts of the world. E-learning is gaining
lot of momentum and students are subscribing themselves through various websites
to gain education sitting at homes. Also, the educational institutes are coming
up with interesting digital ideas to make education on various topics available
to students e.g. webinar, webcast, online coaching and tuition. The price one
has to pay for subscribing is also very nominal. The students in rural areas
who cannot afford to pay subscription fee can get their queries solved through
sachets ranging from Re 5 to Rs. 100. Also many are using the concept of video
compressing so that students can access videos even at speed as low as 64kbps
as many students can’t afford high internet speed as it is expensive. E-books
and e-encyclopedias are also available on these websites and these are
replacing books and stationary across the globe.
Social Media these days have
become part and parcel of citizens’ life so much so that a term has been coined
for these people i.e. Netizens. Social Media eg. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
are being used by people in variety of ways eg. networking, uploading pictures,
posting comments, Initiating a debate or discussion, online marketing of
various brands by creating their Facebook page. All this can be done without
the need of meeting anyone in person.
Online Marketing can also be
done in variety of ways viz. websites, emails, blogs, whitepapers, newsletters,
SEO, SEM, social media etc.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
is Customer Relationship Management software can be used only by paying a
subscription fee either monthly or
yearly. Companies use this software to maintain a database of the customers on
the cloud with the help of SaaS software. They don’t need to buy software for
Cloud is operated only within one particular establishment.
Cloud is when the services are provided over a network open for public uses
III. Hybrid Cloud
of private and public cloud, while both remaining as separate entities.
As we can see that all the
above listed activities can be performed and improved only due to the advent of
cloud computing which can make people’s life easier and make many things
available and achievable only by sitting at home while working on smartphone,
laptop, tablet and smartwatch etc. Also multiple users can log in together at
any particular time without any hassle.