Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is the delivery of computing resources to an organization as a complete service over the Internet, rather than having the organization purchase each component separately and internally manage and support the computing resource.

Think of it as renting a computing resource instead of buying, building, and operating your own computing infrastructure. Similar to the “time‐share” computing services of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, cloud computing provides users with access to software applications, data, hardware and support resources without the users needing to know the location and other details of the computing environment.

End‐users access cloud‐based applications through a Web browser. Access is to business software and data that are stored on servers at remote locations. Cloud Computing is also referred to as Software as a Service (SaaS).

Source: Guide to the Business Process Management Body of Knowledge – ABPMP BPM CBOK V3.0.

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