They say that New York is the city that never sleeps. Need to find baby food at 2 am? No problem. Looking to go dancing at 4 am? Take your pick. Want to find a yoga class in the wee hours of the morning? You’re covered. Not unlike New York city, the cloud never closes and has drastically changed the way we live, work, and play.

The cloud is always open for business and, in all its shapes and forms, is the most exciting emerging technology in the Northeast. Cloud technologies are powering digital transformation in every industry and the impacts are visible everywhere. The art of the possible is the banner of the cloud revolution and nowhere are there more possibilities than in New York. Ours is a highly diversified economy with more industries than most people can imagine and all of them are looking to implement data-intensive applications. As a result, solution providers are adamantly striving to build platforms and architectures that are easily accessible to a broad range of clients.

As a firm with application development in its DNA, Essextec, A Converge Company (Essextec) has helped its New York area-based clients take advantage of all the cloud has to offer. The industries it serves require specialized and custom solutions to keep ahead of the intense competition seen in the greater NY area. The firm incorporates Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Natural Language Processing (NLP) into the latest generation of its applications. The applications the firm builds are intelligent. Essextec enriches its clients’ data with AI, ML, and NLP in order to provide them with high quality, in-depth analytics, and deep searches that traverse trees of knowledge.

The cloud provides access to virtually infinite pools of compute, storage, and networking resources. It enables ubiquitous applications of a different kind that allow businesses to become more global, distributed, and accessible. This facet is important to the types of businesses concentrated in the greater NY area. Essextec clients in the finance, media, retail, and pharma industries deal with vast amounts of data at a level that is unprecedented – not only in terms of the quantity, but in terms of variety. The firm’s solutions enable analytics and allow its clients to make inquiries of their data using AI-based techniques that can be utilized to make prediction-based business decisions.

Using advanced applications and new technologies, businesses can store greater quantities of original source data (as opposed to an aggregate of data, which causes some information to become lost) and then determine how to use it. Because of the cloud and AI, Essextec clients have access to fact-based, data-driven, analytics-powered approaches that run and grow their businesses.

With new technology, comes the race to see who can build the most effective version of it. As a result of the race to the cloud, businesses in the greater NY area are focused on acquiring the fastest computers, the best algorithms, and the smartest programmers. The end goal is a convergence of many disparate technologies – with the cloud as the key enabler. Because it allows companies to make better decisions faster, the cloud is the key to opening up more time for clients to concentrate on other aspects of their business. Mastering the cloud is the first step to building bigger and more powerful solutions that will change what business means and the way business is done by altering existing models and, more importantly, creating entirely new business models.

Today, most businesses are taking advantage of only the utility cloud model, the one that works on a consumption model. Roughly 10% of legacy applications have been moved over to the cloud — and that’s if you round up. Like the towering buildings for which New York city is famous, we’re only just scraping the underside of the cloud. As we continue to reach higher, who knows what we’ll achieve?