The cloud is often seen as a mysterious concept that no one quite understands. So, before we tell you why you should move, let’s make sure you understand what cloud computing is.
Cloud computing – noun; the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or personal computer
In short, all those servers that are housed in a closet or room at your office are gone. Instead, your data and software is stored online. Many businesses are diving in and moving everything to the cloud. Others are taking a split approach by moving some things into the cloud and leaving others on premise; this is called hybrid cloud.
However you decide to approach it, moving to the cloud is becoming inevitable for businesses. But, there are some great benefits that businesses receive from switching.
Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
Working in the cloud makes disaster recovery efforts much easier. Because your data and software are already operating in the cloud, if a flood, fire or storm takes out your equipment, you can still access your data without disruption. Employees can continue working when they would otherwise be unable to perform their necessary tasks. Decreased downtime keeps from inconveniencing your clients and maintains your bottom line.
The work force is becoming increasingly more mobile thanks to technology. Often employees are working from home or their car between appointments. Before the cloud, this would have been nearly impossible. But, businesses utilizing the cloud can provide their employees access to documents from any device at any location.
The added mobility also allows you to recruit from a larger pool of talent. Instead of having to find local employees that can come into the office every day, you can expand to anyone with a necessary skillset and provide them access to your cloud environment.
The best businesses utilize the strengths of each employee, making collaboration a necessity. Many cloud programs allow for team collaboration. Each member can contribute and offer insight and feedback in real time. This allows everyone to stay up-to-date on the project status and eliminates long meetings that fail to accomplish the task. Through cloud computing employees can access projects and documents from wherever they are.
Another major upside of the cloud is scalability. The cloud can grow with your business. There is no need to purchase another server, wait for it to be installed and then start growing. Cloud computing allows you to upgrade your storage and solutions quickly and easily so that your business needs are always met.
In addition, the cloud gives you the ability to scale down as well - maybe your business has a slow time of year. Up or down, the cloud makes it easy to adjust your solutions to your specific business needs.
These are only a few of the many ways that cloud computing can benefit a business. If you’re interested in learning more or migrating to the cloud, contact us today!