In Gartner’s recently published report, regarding the newfound popularity in the personal cloud, they predicted that by the year 2015 cloud services would be on 90 percent of personal consumer devices. Right now, consumers are able to store, connect, stream, and synchronize content across multiple platforms, in different locations. With the ability to access all things digitally, why would you even want to limit yourself and information to one location?
“It’s clear that the combination of cloud based applications for consumers and thin client technology, such as tablets, have decreased the need for the personal computer at home. In the corporate world, virtual desktops are already creating the strong return of thin client devices from manufacturers like WYSE.” David Sampson, CEO of Cloud Provider.
Gartner found, that based on five major trends, the personal cloud will “replace the personal computer as the center of users’ digital lives.” Here is a look into what those trends are:
Customers are more technologically savvy, progression of the Internet and social media has made users feel more empowered about what they are spending money on. This has in turn shifted a need for more technology improved based products. The Internet has leveled the playing field by demolishing the structure of power by allowing everyone access to the things they want and/or need.
This new ability to be able to access information from everywhere has improved business flexibility for how they handle customer data. If you want to think of it in smaller terms, look at the virtual classroom. Instead of teachers lugging around papers all day (with the potential of losing them), they can stored everything digitally. Then, when they need to correct papers, they are able to bring up that information on whatever device they have access to.
We’ve entered into this type of self-service culture, this idea that people know exactly what they want, and know how to get it. It’s the thought of having everything on demand, if John, a partner at a law firm, needs a case file, he shouldn’t have to go to one specific computer to download it onto a flash drive, then upload that flash drive to the device he needs it. He should be able to grab it from his companies’ cloud and load it on any device he is carrying.
Before applications were made for a basic personal computer, now we’re seeing Microsoft Word for tablets, or Apple’s Pages on the iPhone. Because users have access to new platforms, applications are being created to better suit their needs. Instead of always having to write a document on your computer, because you need access to Word, you now have the ability to choose whichever platform you want.
The Mobility Shift
When using a personal cloud, you can bring everything you need with you at all times. Instead of lugging a computer around you only need your phone, which has access to all your files at a moments notice. This increased flexibility allows users to always have access to what is most important to them.
Gone are the days of having all of your information stored on just one device. With new technology developments there will always be something new just around the corner, making it less appealing to have to continually transfer data. Which is why, instead of always having everything stored on one computer, it would make more sense to make the personal cloud the primary hub of information.
What do you think? Would you rather store all items digitally in the cloud, or on a hard drive?