Utilizing the cloud has gone beyond small businesses that use the low overhead to launch larger stores online than they would have been able to before. Now, U.S. federal government and enterprise level customers are working with the cloud in order to cut costs and innovate. Although it is possible for many organizations to see great improvements from using the cloud as just a mechanism by which to cut inefficiencies, it is also possible to radically redefine what an organization does in order to become massively more successful with the utilization of cloud based services. Understanding what it is that an individual group or company needs to do in order to make gains is simply a matter of understanding how the cloud can impact a business.

Some of the examples of the ways that the cloud could help the federal government, according to Wired contributor Jane Snowdon, are keeping people informed of disasters, improving the lives of rural residents through easier delivery of information, and delivering weather and traffic safety information in context-sensitive nodes that allow anyone to get information that is meaningful to them based on where they are and what they are doing. By utilizing strong features like this that are within cloud computing software, it is possible to create a society where people are consistently being taken care of by the government. This same type of system can work within a work environment. If employees are continually apprised of the long-term and short-term goals of a company, they will be better able to prioritize their work and focus on areas that matter in the big picture at that moment. This can create a much more effective system of understanding exactly how everyone contributes to the overall output of an organization, which creates greater profitability on the part of every single employee.

The cloud's potential is only beginning to reveal itself
The worldwide public cloud services market is set to grow to a total of $131 billion this year, according to Gartner. This impressive sum reflects the way that many organizations have massively adopted cloud computing as the number one solution to many of their current problem. By utilizing this technology to create a highly mobile workforce, they have changed the name for their employees. The best ways to do this involve the utilization of IaaS vendors, which allow for a strong modifiability on the part of the client, letting a company dictate the way that cloud computing will work within their organization.

Fundamentally, cloud computing is about changing the definition of work and the office. When all employees are in permanent communication with each other, there is much less need for everyone to report in to an office at the same time very day. Workers that are able to get information in to each other in the evening and in the morning can redefine their work day so that they are able to make better use of their time while still following organizational guidelines. By letting everyone use their mobile devices and understanding how employees can be handled when the office is less of a factory and more of a meeting point, companies can stand to gain a lot from cloud deployments.

Understanding the ways that the cloud is making life easier for businesses and the government is as simple as imagining workers as autonomous individuals whose deadlines and creativity are the things that matter. The time spent getting work done in an organization like this is much less important than the quality of the work, and the fundamental difference here is that work can be done any time.