For many business owners and senior decision makers, the concept of moving or transitioning from a traditional business into a cloud-based business seems incredibly daunting. It raises questions such as; will this be less secure? How much is this going to cost? Will it take a lot of time to do? What are the actual benefits of this?
In reality, businesses that have moved into the cloud are reaping massive benefits in terms of cost-savings, increased productivity, increased collaborative processes and enhanced security. According to Forbes, 74% of technical financial officers felt that cloud computing had the most measurable impact on their business.
These are the 3 main reasons why:
All businesses that utilise the cloud need much less hardware than companies that do not. Companies that have not yet moved to cloud utilisation maintain their own servers for daily functions and back-ups. Servers and hard drives do not come at a low cost, and also require large amounts of power to maintain. Moving away from this technology results in an ongoing reduction in monthly energy costs, improving cashflow and business forecast.
Along with this reduction comes a cut back in maintaining the hardware. Most cloud based solutions come with software upgrades which saves additional money in upgrading owned hardware. With a lesser need for routine maintenance and upgrades, resources can be reallocated to other areas of your business. This allows your business to focus on growth.
This move to the cloud allows your business to remain agile and lean, giving you the ability scale your technology up or down as needed.
Performance and productivity
Simply put, cloud-based technology allows your business to achieve more at a quicker pace. One huge benefit of the cloud is the ability to have your employees collaborating instantaneously across your network, on a global scale if needed.
Cloud-based infrastructure suffers far fewer service interruptions. Your employees save time that is normally lost during outages or routine maintenance. This helps boost productivity and morale.
With a centralised cloud business all company data is accessible instantaneously and collaboratively. Due to this data being stored on the cloud platform, it no longer sits in silos. Instead, this data can be collected into a central repository to be dissected, analysed and distributed across all departments to increase growth.
Safety and security
There is more security in the cloud than many business owners realise. Your own employee’s laptops present a significant risk whilst critical data is stored on their hard drives. However, when business information and data is stored in the cloud, a stolen laptop does not present the same risk. This is because information is not stored directly on the hardware.
Similarly, the need for external storage and USB drives and the risk they hold, is removed.
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Bonus – disaster recovery
Should a catastrophe befall your business, disaster recovery is another area where the cloud is vastly superior to traditional on-site infrastructure. It means all of your critical data and information remains safely stored in the cloud off-site. All you need to get back on track is a laptop/mobile device and an internet connection to restart and get going again.
What to do next?
Considering reaching out to an outsourced IT company can be a great start to looking into the ‘how and when’ of migrating your business. They are able to help by advising and guiding you through the process. Alternatively, they can manage the whole move for you; freeing up your valuable time to focus on the more demanding tasks you face.