Distributing applications over a cloud-based computing infrastructure can prove beneficial in terms of both time and money, it has been suggested.
In an interview with The Whir, Dennis Quan, director of development for autonomic computing in the IBM software group, explains the advantages of cloud-based access to computer programs.
With applications hosted on-site, he explains that data centers must be maintained, including the associated costs of powering and cooling such facilities.
But this may be avoided by adopting a cloud infrastructure, he contends, for organizations with significant demands for access to programs.
"IBM”s clients and partners have told us they are looking for new ways to drive additional value out of their IT investments," he tells The Whir.
"They want to better manage data, lower operational costs and make collaboration among employees easier."
For firms looking to do so, the prospect of making a document viewer available on the company intranet could avoid the need for individuals to download software to their base units.
IBM recently announced plans to use Web 2.0 technologies to provide its clients with a desktop overview of their business practices, event alerts and user collaboration.
The firm also promised updates on "appropriate application content", which could see a document viewer used to display information in a centralized fashion.