You’ve heard people talking about “The Cloud”, and maybe you’ve done a bit of research of your own, but the big question is, “How would YOUR business actually benefit”?
1. Automatic Updates
You do not have to update any software yourself - it is all done by your Cloud provider, immediately as the updates become available.
2. Lower IT Costs
By moving to the Cloud you are effectively removing the need to purchase, maintain and update your traditional onsite IT infrastructure. In fact, with Cloud Computing, you only pay for what you use.
3. It’s Quick
As there’s no infrastructure on site, it’s quick to set up. It’s also very quick and very easy to add additional services or users as your business grows.
4. Increased Storage Space
The Cloud is online, and as such offers virtually unlimited storage compared to traditional servers and hard drive limits. If you need more Cloud storage space, you just pay for more space - as above, you only pay for what you use.
5. Flexibility, Collaboration & Productivity
Cloud Computing allows staff to access their data and files at any time, from anywhere and through any Internet enabled device, giving them total flexibility. The can work from home or even update customer/prospect data directly from a client meeting. Through the Cloud, employees are even able to collaborate on documents in real-time across company, geographic locations and time-zones. Documents can be viewed online by all parties simultaneously, negating the need for, and management of, version control. This enhanced flexibility and ease of collaboration means that staff can be more productive with their time.
6. Increased workplace innovation
A study recently conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science, found that Cloud services could be so tailor-made to a company’s unique requirements that employees once bogged down with old processes & infrastructure were now free to think more creatively. According to the study, “With a cloud model, companies can think about processes at a level that is more detailed and personalised to their individual needs, but the solution will not need to be customised in older, prohibitively expensive ways.”
7. Freedom (Focus)
Removing the need for your very valuable IT department to focus as heavily on traditional IT maintenance and end-user support frees up time for them, and you, to focus on what you do best - your business.