How important is it for Businesses to move to the Cloud?
A study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that only 19 percent of Australian businesses use paid cloud services. Opting for Cloud computing solutions takes the strain off your IT department; you benefit from remote access to business applications and safe secure data storage which is virtually unrivaled.
It’s essential that your business moves to the Cloud for the following reasons:
Internet-based Computing is the Present and Future : With cloud computing, instead of physically downloading software or using a hard drive, applications are accessed through the internet. Services and applications are accessed from any device, as long as there is an internet connection.
Remote Working Capability Improves Efficiency : Since services and applications are delivered over the internet, they can be made available to any device, be it a smartphone, a laptop, or office computers. Employees can work from any location, as long as they have the required bandwidth with access to files, data, documents and IT tools, and use off office apps, company databases, the business’s CRM, and much more, from any location.
Collaborative Working is Better For Business : Multiple employees can work collaboratively, for example, editing and working on a single document or file. Employees simply log in and access their work desktop; work processes, document transfer and long-distance communications with colleagues and clients are seamless.
An Outside Entity is Responsible for the Servers : A Cloud provider is responsible for maintaining and operating the Cloud infrastructure and servers that you use. That translates to a lot less hassle for you. Your provider is responsible for network management, servers, and software upgrades. All you need to know is that you are assured of continuity of service.
Benefit from Cost Savings : Software as a Service (SaaS) is usually priced on a pay-per-use basis or the user pays a subscription fee. So, with Cloud services, there is no need to commit to expensive, large-scale projects which involve servers and software licenses. Instead, you source the IT services you need, as and when you need them. You will find that the monthly fee for SaaS works out less than paying for the licensed applications you need to access business functionality.
Benefit From the Latest in Data Security : Cloud computing providers invest in the latest solutions and preventive approaches when it comes to data security. That means we are able to provide you with more advanced security solutions than individual businesses can afford for themselves. Data is encoded during transmission and while retained in the cloud, so there is less risk of unauthorised access to sensitive files.
Safe Storage for Data and Files : With Cloud storage, data is backed up and secure. Your business can use Cloud storage as a back-up plan to save you the expense and inconvenience associated with remembering to back up your own data. Copies of important files are retained at a remote location, which can only be accessed using a password from an internet connection. The secure location will be away from your original files, which gives you peace of mind in the event of a disaster that causes physical damage to your premises.
Note : Your technology partner or provider should identify risks and benefits in order that you choose the right infrastructure platform for your business. Rather than focusing on product or price, they should be concerned with the bigger picture. They should deliver quality, outcome-orientated results that are designed to make technology simple for your business.
Feel free to contact me to find out how Cloud services can help your business.