Cloud computing has made a huge impact on businesses. From storage, managing large data sets, accessing Artificial Intelligence (AI), or using applications suites such as Office 365, almost every company is leveraging or evaluating cloud related services. While cloud computing has changed some employee workflows, newer technologies aimed at streaming video games are about to have a huge impact on business technology models.
Video games are one of the major influencers driving the rapid development of technology. Ever growing demands in graphics, AI, and massive multiplayer online environments, are accelerating hardware and software development at an extreme pace. The most immersive experience requires the latest in gaming hardware which can be cost prohibitive for many potential gamers. High end gaming computers can be significantly more expensive than typical business computers. Microsoft, Amazon, and many others have developed services to stream video games from the cloud, allowing anyone to leverage low cost hardware and still have a premium experience.
Now able to meet the extraordinary requirements of the gaming community, cloud service providers will begin to leverage these new systems to stream complete business solutions. Any program or operating system, even those with high graphic requirements or those that need low latency, can now be hosted in the cloud and streamed to low cost, battery efficient devices. Over the next few years, cloud providers will seek to replace corporate infrastructures, bringing all technology from the data-center through the desktop into the cloud. Low to no hardware costs, scalable technology with little inventory, access to AI, and complete services models will be managed and maintained by the cloud provider.
Technology as a service will soon be replacing traditional IT models across all businesses. As companies begin to leverage comprehensive streaming business solutions they will need a strategy for the impact it will make to their infrastructure and staff. Real estate previously reserved for IT functions will need to be repurposed into new corporate assets. Existing IT staff who are intimately familiar with the business need to be retrained from service and maintenance roles into data science and AI management.
Jerry’s passion for technology coupled with his education and background in architecture allows him to understand how IT integrates with the building environment. Jerry Griffin is responsible for all aspects of PDR’s information technology strategy, online services, and business application development. He is also responsible for the investment, deployment and training of the firm’s Building Information Modeling and design technologies.