Businesses have traditionally maintained a financial reserve for unexpected growth of their computing needs. Additional servers, software licenses, and storage capacity would sit around idle so as to have it available if needed. Cloud computing solutions are scalable in that they always have extra capacity available if you need it. If your business unexpectedly adds staff, or otherwise needs additional resources, adding them is a snap. It takes just a few minutes to add them to your cloud.
The cloud allows work to be accessed from multiple devices, from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection. This makes it much easier for staff to collaborate on shared data.
The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight, and out of your way. Providers maintain them for you, and roll out regular software updates. This leaves you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.
With the cloud, your costs are distributed with predictable monthly or annual payments. This allows you to not only budget, but to forecast the expense for using the cloud to help run your office.
As we see the focus of business decision makers shift from cost efficiencies in their back-office systems to improvements in their systems of engagement, cloud is often seen as the most effective means of forging a tighter link with the customer.
With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection, you can be at work. With most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you’ve got to hand. The result? Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them, without productivity taking a hit. One study reported that 42% of workers would swap a portion of their pay for the ability to telecommute. On average they’d be willing to take a 6% pay cut. This is a win-win situation for employer, and employee.
The more employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for watertight document control. Before the cloud, workers had to send files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by one user at a time. Soon, you end up with a mess of conflicting file content, formats, and titles.
Even as the smallest companies become more global, the scope for complication rises. According to one study, “73% of knowledge workers collaborate with people in different time zones and regions at least monthly”.
When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees one version of the truth. Greater visibility means improved collaboration, which ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line.
Lost or damaged laptops are a billion-dollar business problem. Even more concerning is the loss of sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you greater security because your data is stored in the cloud. You can access it no matter what happens to your machine. Furthermore, you can remotely remove data from a lost laptop so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
Wish there was a simple step you could take to become more competitive? Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, with unlimited flexibility. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys, yet keep you within your budget.
Return on Investment
As the old saying goes, time is money. By making things easier for you and your staff, the increase in productivity pays for itself. Spend more time doing the things you want, while making your business a successful one!