What is Cloud Computing? Cloud computing describes any type of hosted service delivered online over the web. These services usually consist of multiple servers, data centers, applications, networks, sensors and any other computing functions which can be run via the cloud. Companies such as Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft use the cloud to host their distributed computing infrastructure. Cloud computing is a great option for companies as it cuts down deployment time and allows for easy access from any device.
The biggest advantage of cloud computing services is the fact that you do not need to buy any hardware or software to run your application or network. Instead, the entire process happens transparently on the servers thus saving companies money. In addition, companies can easily scale up and down as required. This also enables them to create as many servers as required for a workload without much down time. They can also utilize the data centers offered by the cloud in a geographically dispersed manner thereby saving costs on hardware.
Many cloud providers offer both on demand and hosted server hosting with many features such as security, scalability, guaranteed uptime and high performance. These cloud providers offer affordable plans for businesses and individuals to choose from. Some of them also allow customers to test their applications on their clouds before using them on their own. Most of the companies that use these services can save as much as ninety percent of their infrastructure costs by using these services. Some of the major companies such as Amazon, IBM, Google and Microsoft are already providing cloud computing solutions.
Consumer vs. Business
How do you create a profitable Computing business opportunity? To sell goods successfully, you first must have an understanding of what kind of consumer market you’re serving and why consumers are buying. There are several key differences between the consumer and business markets. Selling to consumers is called B2B, or consumer-to-consumer selling, as noted in the recent “quarterly newsletter.” Buying from a company that sells to businesses is called BPS, or consumer-to-business selling.
Some people are good at selling to others, but not so good at selling to others who need or want their product badly enough. In the consumer vs. business world, many businesses need a steady stream of consumers or buyers to keep going. With the consumer market, there is a much greater level of competition for just any product. The competition can come from many directions – from local grocery stores to the Internet and all the way to catalogs and giant box stores.
Many consumers buy only one kind of item from the many businesses on the Internet. Consumers in consumer markets don’t have that kind of option, and this makes it harder for them to make a purchasing decision. Making a purchase decision in consumer markets means either thinking very carefully about what product is available or looking through thousands of products until you find one that is right for you. Purchasing in business markets, on the other hand, often means looking at more choices and fewer opportunities to make a mistake or spend too much money on a product that doesn’t suit you well.
Why is it so hard to make a purchasing decision in consumer markets? One reason is that there are many more sellers than buyers. In consumer markets, because the number of sellers is so great, competition often drives prices down and consumers benefit. The opposite happens in business markets. Because there are fewer sellers, prices tend to rise and customers feel the pinch.
As a result, many businesses choose not to sell to consumers in consumer markets because they can reach a different audience by selling to businesses in business markets. Salespeople often find themselves dealing with customers who are unsatisfied with their purchases or feel they were shortchanged. This doesn’t help the business very much-just adding to its customer dissatisfaction level. For these reasons, many businesses choose to focus only on the sale to business market and leave consumer purchases up to personal selling.
It is important for salespeople to realize that the choice of whether to sell to the consumer or to the business buyer depends on the perceived value of each transaction. For example, if a consumer buys a pair of jeans, but feels they’re not very good quality, they may decide not to purchase them at all. However, when a business decides to purchase the goods from the consumer, they have to consider the cost of production versus the benefit of having the transaction completed.
When deciding whether to engage in personal relationships or to go with the convenience of online shopping, consumers must understand the effect of those decisions on their bottom line. A simple example can be seen by the example above. If a consumer decides to purchase two cases of a particular item from the manufacturer, that individual will immediately add those dollars to their monthly income. However, if that same person were to simply purchase the items they need online, the manufacturer could choose to pass those dollars along to the consumer by increasing the price of the items or even discontinuing the product all together.
As discussed above, salespeople are faced with difficult decision-making situations more frequently than they are rewarded for those decisions. The “social media” aspect of salespeople’s careers helps them make sense of these difficult times. In order for a salesperson to make good decisions (such as those that help the company achieve its goals), the salesperson must first be able to communicate effectively with decision-makers. By communicating effectively, the salespeople helps their decision-makers make sense of their situation – and therefore, can help them to make better choices in the future.