Cloud Computing for Business

Cloud Computing for Business

Last week I delivered a new training course, “Cloud Computing for Business” for companies in the Castlereagh Borough Council area (just outside Belfast).

Most of the work and training we do is of a more technical nature than this, but statistics show that most businesses in Northern Ireland have been slow to adopt cloud computing. By contrast we use a lot cloud computing extensively, and there was an opportunity to share some of the things we’ve learned along the way.

As an IT company you may find it startling that Coding Fury does not have any servers in our premises. Not one. Ten years ago that would have been unimaginable. By outsourcing our infrastructure requirements to cloud computing suppliers, like Amazon, we are free to concentrate on what we do best, writing great apps!

During the course we covered the following topics:

  • What is Cloud Computing?
  • Types of Cloud Computing technologies
  • Where is my data being stored?
  • Data Protection and the Cloud
  • Computer Security and Cloud Computing
  • A range of cloud computing solutions for finance, CRM, project management etc.
  • Choosing and comparing cloud computing technologies

I find it really interesting that we’ve moved from the days where your computer felt slow and out of date 6 months after you bought it to a time when we can get cloud computing services to do all the heavy lifting and run some really powerful software from a web browser or even a mobile phone.

To illustrate this point I set up 4 Raspberry Pi (2) computers for the class to use.  The new version of the Raspberry Pi is 6 times faster than the old version. Most notably this means it’s now capable of running a web browser comfortably, and I was able to buy 4 of them for less than the price of one iPad (although maybe not when you include the price of the monitors, that I already owned).

Throughout the course, attendees interchanged between their own devices and the Raspberry Pi.  We used the Pi for Office 365, Google Drive, and even project management packages. Most found the experience to be just as good as on their usual desktop computers. Not bad for a £30 computer!