Do you remember how things used to be before the Cloud? In most cases, if you wanted to use an application or program, you had to run it from a computer or server in the building. Often, this would demand a trip to the local digital outlet to actually buy the software in physical form, followed by a lengthy installation process.
With the adoption of cloud computing, applications and programs can now be run from remote servers, each fulfilling a specific function. This removes the need to store programs locally, and enables on-demand access, rapid provisioning and ease of delivery.
The Cloud isn’t a new idea
This idea of a shared pool of configurable computing resources is not new – it was first conceived of as early as the 1960s. However, until recently, the internet did not have sufficient bandwidth to enable most users to take advantage of the possibilities of cloud computing. The term ‘cloud computing’ was officially coined in the mid nineties, and since then, it has become ever more prevalent as the standard model of delivery.
Many of the services people are accustomed to using have actually been cloud-based for years, without being thought of in those terms. Email providers like Gmail and Yahoo, social media sites including Facebook and Instagram, and other services such as PayPal and Dropbox – all of these services are cloud-based and have been for years.
So: if so many services have been using the Cloud for years, what has changed?
One thing is the level of uptake. Nowadays, the Cloud is the standard model for the delivery and management of services. Adobe, for instance, no longer sells their creative suite in physical boxed format, as they did for many years. Instead, users now pay a monthly subscription fee to use the service, which is now called the Adobe Creative Cloud. Even hardware is being affected, with a new generation of devices such as chromebooks which rely almost entirely on the internet, and include limited on device storage.
What are the benefits?
So it’s clear that the Cloud is revolutionary. But what exactly are the advantages? Here are some of the ways the Cloud can benefit your business and enhance your learning content:
- It cuts costs and increases security
Cloud-based services and applications can be installed and updated easily. Once installed, most providers will roll out regular updates, which means your IT department spends less time (and money!) maintaining and updating the system. In most cases, you’ll also be able to take advantage of a well developed support network if you need assistance. Most cloud companies have stringent and sophisticated security measures, so you can also stop worrying about security breaches. Added to this, there is less danger of sensitive materials in the form of laptops and physical media being stolen or lost as key information isn’t stored locally on devices.
- It enables collaboration and flexibility
Because documents, courses and projects are stored online, they can be accessed from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. This frees your team from the constraints of having to work at the same time or place, enabling greater flexibility and more effective collaboration.
- It allows you to deliver and review online
Cloud-based content management systems allow online publication, direct link and QR code sharing. This means you can preview and review work much more effectively. When it comes time to deliver the course to your learners, publication is instantaneous and rolled out across multiple devices.
- It facilitates easier tracking and analysis
Cloud-based content management systems enable analytics tools like gomo’s Tin Can (Experience API/xAPI), which allows you to track and measure the impact of your learning content once delivered.
How does gomo harness the Cloud?
gomo’s cloud-based architecture harnesses the potential of the Cloud to maximize productivity and creativity.
Shared central resources and an online review and preview functionality mean that your team will be able to work in a truly collaborative way, no matter where they are based. Direct link and QR code sharing allow you to share your courses with learners across the world and across devices, and gomo’s reporting dashboard gives you an easy and visual way to see the results.