B2B Takes A Walk In The Cloud

It’s clear that the future for Cloud computing is bright. The drivers that I’ve identified are only going to continue to incentivize B2B to adopt the cloud for the secure exchange of critical information.


18 April 2011

Cloud has been the buzzword for some time in technology. I’m delighted to have recently joined Intralinks, which has been leading the charge since the beginning. That’s why it was great to see the article and the followup blog post in The New York Times last Friday that discussed the growing adoption of Cloud Services in B2B and the awareness around the benefits of cloud computing.

The reporter, Steve Lohr, provided some really interesting insights around cloud computing. I thought that he provided some particularly insightful nuggets of information around the development of cloud computing over time and how different industries are approaching the transitio

His main point was that B2B is beginning to adopt the Cloud due to the key benefits such as lower costs. This is right on. However, I’d like to add a few additional drivers we see for the adoption of Cloud:

  • The Always Connected Environment – Today, employees are always connected through numerous devices. Exchanging information outside of the firewall is now a critical business requirement and Cloud computing enables businesses to collaborate in a secure and auditable manner, accessing information anytime and anywhere.
  • Security and Speed – The old way of sending information via courier, DVDs and thumb drives is no longer a viable option when you need to compete in an immediacy based economy. Not only is it expensive, as Steve Lohr points out, but it is inherently fraught with security risks.
  • Transparency – In today’s environment, meeting regulatory and compliance requirements is more difficult than ever. Using a common platform enables you to manage, access and process documents much easier and provide better compliance and reporting.

It’s clear that the future for Cloud computing is bright. The drivers that I’ve identified are only going to continue to incentivize B2B to adopt the cloud for the secure exchange of critical information. I look forward to having a courtside seat at Intralinks.