Ok, so the cloud has been around for a while.
Businesses have been moving to the cloud gradually for some time.
Covid-19 and the accompanying lockdowns have provided yet another big reason to take to the clouds.
If you weren’t already using the cloud, the chances are it will have brought forward your plans to make the shift.
But a pandemic isn’t the only reason to move to a cloud-based way of working. Even once it’s over, there are a number of reasons to embrace it fully in 2021.
We’re not necessarily saying ditch all of your onsite hardware completely. There are still some benefits to having that.
But you could. And you should definitely think about how more of your business could be on the cloud.
Recently many employees will have worked remotely out of necessity.
But the future of work is likely to include a more flexible approach to remote work. It doesn’t suit everyone but many people will have had a taste for the working from home life.
There also needs to be a certain amount of contingency for if a business is ever forced to work remotely again.
To allow employees to do this, the cloud is needed.
From using software through a browser to accessing shared data and files, the cloud offers that flexibility. Doesn’t matter where people are, they can do their job.
Another major appeal of cloud software is the potential cost saving options it offers.
This comes in two ways – the lower cost of hosting and the flexible pricing plans offered by most cloud providers.
Because you are not paying for long term maintenance and insurance for onsite hardware, you will make significant savings. Maintenance of the servers that make up the cloud is the responsibility of the provider.
Because of this you also won’t need to pay for as much IT support, although it’s still recommended to have some as things can still go wrong!
The flexible pricing plans of both Software as a Service and cloud storage providers are a major pull.
They are scalable with your business too. This means whether you’ve just started or have north of 50 employees, you can pay for the solution that’s right for you.
We live in a subscription economy now, where the consumer is presented with the attractive option of low recurring costs and vendors ensure they have a steady recurring income.
With both of these things in mind, the cost of using the cloud is lower than paying up front for expensive hardware, even in the long term.
Many cloud applications communicate quite effectively with your existing systems.
Got a separate communication tool? You can integrate this with your browser so you can talk whilst you work.
Need to share spreadsheet data with your accounting software? Microsoft 365 applications integrate with all sorts of software, meaning everything is streamlined.
This generally doesn’t happen with standalone issue software.
And another thing you can’t do with standalone software…
Software being on the cloud means collaboration is simple and projects can be streamlined.
This has come in handy for remote working and helps people to continue working even if they’re not in the office.
Store files in shared drives and transfer files instantly all whilst giving people relevant levels of access. Work on documents and spreadsheets simultaneously, in browser or in a separate application.
Report and update databases in real time so that everyone’s working from the same page.
Now, you may feel uneasy about storing your data in some undisclosed location, under the management of another company. However, storing data in the cloud is actually proven to be more secure than having your own onsite storage.
Why is this?
Firstly, you’re not responsible for your own onsite security – that falls to a vendor who frankly has it in their best interests to make sure your data stays safe.
Yes, breaches are possible, but they’re running a business too. If they lose a load of their customer’s data, they won’t be in a good position either. They take the security of your data as a paying customer, very seriously.
Your data is encrypted, meaning it cannot be accessed by anyone without permission and there will be significant resources poured into ensuring that the end server is highly secure.
Secondly, most cloud-based software and storage will allow the user to provide different levels of access to different information. This way you are limiting the chances that data can get into the wrong hands.
You won’t be passing around USB sticks or sending emails with files attached that can get damaged, intercepted or mislaid.
You also don’t have to worry about localised hacking or the failure of your own equipment, leading to a data loss.
On balance, the cloud is a safer option.
Get On The Cloud Today
We hope this has given you something to think about.
It’s in your business’s best interests to move your operation online and work from the cloud.
Flexible, cost-effective and secure, there aren’t many foreseeable reasons why you wouldn’t want to use it. Maybe you’re daunted by the prospect of going fully online?
Well, that’s no problem either as most cloud providers make the process of using their services, about as easy as it can be. All you need is an internet connection.
Convinced it’s time you took the plunge but don’t know where to start?
We can help with that. We offer a number of cloud-based solutions for your business and provide that much needed support to get you started.
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