As technology becomes more consumerized and democratic, seeing adoption by more users in developing nations thanks to the growing prevalence of mobile devices, internet access and analytics, among other innovations, enterprise-class cloud computing is one of the chief means through which businesses become more viable in local industries and world markets. Global computing traffic is on the upswing, with the highest percentage of new adopters occurring in regions where business computing is still a relatively young enterprise. According to Forbes contributor Joe Lazauskas, the advantages that enterprise cloud computing offers make the cloud ideally suited for younger businesses that seek optimal innovation capacity but that rely on limited or unstable resources.
"In lands where the electrical grid is unreliable at best, a combination of cheap, battery-powered smartphones and inexpensive cloud computing servers based in the United States or Europe allow businesses to circumvent the electrical grid altogether," he wrote.
IaaS clouds allow these developing businesses to skip the process of developing their own infrastructure, a vast set of tasks that would curb development in other areas and could even require investments sufficient enough to stop business aspirations in their tracks. Migration onto a cloud-supported system gives businesses access to data storage, reliable networks and IT support that they would otherwise not have in their home countries.
IaaS enables enterprise cloud-sourcing
Cloud partner programs enable adopting firms to become effective outsourcing hosts for enterprises in developing countries, providing business intelligence and IT solutions while these companies build their own models. A recent Wired piece discussed the virtues of enterprise crowd-sourcing, the process of committing critical business functions to service providers. By doing this, firms can foster a community of dynamic partnerships and remote users to increase productivity and curtail costs. A reliable, proven infrastructure is essential to enterprise crowd-sourcing, Wired stated.
VAR cloud providers build on this model to offer enterprise cloud-sourcing, deploying rock-solid infrastructure solutions to companies in developing nations that need the foundation before they can grow. In the future, the companies who have a strong presence in these businesses' development through cloud computing will benefit from their increased visibility on the world stage.
Enterprise clouds in the developing world: case studies
Evidence from several initiatives already illustrates the ways in which cloud computing benefits connected users in developing countries. One example is a hosted cloud service that links doctors in the U.S. to ones in developing nations like India and the Philippines, according to the Wall Street Journal. The cloud service contains a database of volunteer experts in a variety of specialized medical disciplines that can offer advice, provide diagnoses and even guide surgical operations remotely. The availability of mobile devices in these countries makes it easy for doctors in developing nations to cloud-source and gain access to life-saving medical care.
In Mexico, according to Forbes, small and medium enterprises that migrate to cloud computing solutions saved an average of 3 percent of their costs, and as more businesses adopt the cloud, up to 190,000 new jobs to stimulate the nation's struggling economy.