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Demystifying the Role of the Cloud in Platform-based Association Management

Find out what constitutes a true cloud solution

The term cloud computing was first coined at an industry conference in August 2006 by Google’s then-CEO, Eric Schmidt. Now, more than 15 years later, the cloud is a highly recognizable tech concept, but the details surrounding it — types, features, benefits — remain foggy for many.

At the most basic level, cloud computing empowers users to remotely access system resources, like databases and software, that are stored on the internet rather than a user’s hard drive. As a result, multiple users can leverage these resources on-demand from anywhere on any device with an internet connection.

You may be familiar with cloud service models like Google Workspace, Dropbox, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Salesforce, which are delivered over the internet, freeing users from software installation and maintenance. This software distribution technique is known as software as a service (SaaS).

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