Cloud-based computing is a concept of moving internal information technology infrastructure to a hosting facility with many other companies running the same software. They are the same tools—the cloud just runs them in a different place. Most software publishers provide their solutions across multiple platforms, so if your company possesses an aging IT infrastructure that needs to be replaced, consider a cloud-based version of the software solution you need.
When evaluating cloud-based tools, remember to focus on substance, not style. Carefully analyze the costs and benefits over a three- to five-year window to make the best decision for your organization