Laying the Foundation Cloud computing is here to stay, and businesses of all sizes are strategizing to catch up and keep up. In this multi-part series, we will demystify cloud computing by first defining what "the cloud" is. Future blog posts in this series will evaluate the unique advantages and challenges related to various cloud computing as a service - "aaS" models. Full disclosure, this is a judgment-free zone. So, if it is 2019 and you are still not sure how “the cloud” works, this post is for you. As a businessperson, your time is best spent strategizing and growing your organization rather than toiling over which initialism (SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS) is key to improved operations. Here, we will gradually define cloud computing and give you the knowledge necessary to keep a simple conversation or evaluate the merits of potential proposals.