Why do we use the term “cloud” when in reality we’re just referring to data centers? After all, a cloud is merely a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, while a data center is a brick and mortar facility housing a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet and used to store, manage, and process data in place of local servers or personal computers.

Perhaps “cloud computing” rolls more easily off the tongue as opposed to “data center computing.” The term “cloud computing” evokes a certain mystique, while “data center” conjures up the boring image of a building that looks like any other office building on the planet.

Perhaps “cloud” was just a stroke of marketing genius!

Be that as it may, the “cloud” – as in “cloud computing” – has become part of our vernacular, whether we totally understand how it works … or not. It has also become a great source for humor with a proliferation of comics like this one:

On a more serious note, we must give the cloud credit where credit is due. Cloud computing has been a major driving force behind and the foundation for Digital Transformation (DT), in tandem with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In the narrowest sense, DT may simply mean going paperless. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Because Digital Transformation in its broadest sense refers to the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society. It has rather quickly insinuated itself into the very fabric of our personal and professional lives.

New digital usages are coming to the fore every day, enabling new types of innovation and creativity, rather than simply enhancing and supporting traditional methods. The emergence of hybrid cloud infrastructures (connected private and public clouds) has also played a significant role in Digital Transformation. Companies that previously resisted the move to the cloud, for a variety of reasons, have found a path to their DT journey via these hybrid clouds.

True Digital Transformation is the final stage in an evolution that began with digitization, which can be simply defined as the conversion of analog information into digital form. Then came digitalization, the actual process of technologically-induced change. DT embodies the overall effect of digitalization in a digital world. None of which would have been possible without the cloud.

Strategic Systems Group (SSG) champions Digital Transformation for any of our manufacturing clients who are ready to embark on that journey and reap the benefits of moving to cloud ERP.

SSG is your go-to partner for advanced manufacturing ERP solutions. Call SSG at 310.539.4645 or email us at info@ssgnet.com. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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