Get your head, and your business, in the cloud. So, have you got your head in the cloud? If not, how come? Switching to a cloud based business can save you time and money in the end, if you maximize its potential. So, how can you do that? First, lets look at the differences between the cloud and ISP based functionalities.
The biggest difference between the cloud and internet service providers is freedom. Freedom from servers, potential maintenance issues on those servers, people to maintain those servers, and more, depending on how far you want to take it. If you pass this freedom on to your employees, it can also mean freedom from desks, traditional offices and more. All of this adds up to cost savings for you. How?
A cloud-based company uses a remote server that all your employees have access to. You only utilize the space you need, saving money on huge servers when you may not need all that space just yet. These servers are maintained independently, freeing you to worry about best serving your clients with the cloud rather than maintaining your own server. Additionally, it frees finances since you could potentially pair down your IT department drastically without in house servers.
From a disaster recovery standpoint, ISP can be problematic, particularly if all your data is stored in that one location. How would you continue operations if your one server went down? With a cloud-based business, you’re free from the worry of disasters, for the most part. Should a disaster occur, cloud-based companies are statistically proven to recover much faster than ISP based companies. This means you’re back in business, serving your clients with the least possible interruptions.
Using a cloud-based system, upgrades to software and applications used by your employees can be done automatically and all at once. This reduces the risk of running different versions of the same program, causing discrepancies among files and jobs. Basically, it boils down to increased productivity. No one in the house personally upgrades each person’s computer. No one complaining because they’re still working on the old version of Photoshop, Word, or Windows. It’s one and done with a cloud-based system.
By far, one of the biggest benefits to a cloud-based business is mobility. With the help of smartphones and other similar technologies, your employees have their office at their fingertips at all times. Let’s use an example. Your employee is in a meeting with a potential client. Because you are a cloud-based company, they can easily pull up documents, schedules, graphics, and any other files related to that client’s needs at the touch of a button.
This ability provides your employee with a plethora of information suited to meet your client’s every need. This immediate access to information is exactly what clients demand in a quickly changing, fast-paced business world. Choosing to remain ISP based could cost you in this way. Additionally, the cloud is ideal for growing businesses, and lets face it, who doesn’t want their business to grow? The cloud allows users access to as much or as little space as they need or want. This flexibility makes it ideal for nearly any user and maximizes your budget, as you only pay for the space you need.
No matter what, you’re always going to make decisions for your business based on how cost-effective it is. So, how cost-effective is the cloud? Very. Many cloud-based applications are free. Others come with unlimited licenses for your employees, allowing you to pay a flat rate for unlimited usage of a piece of software.
Cloud-based working provides your employees with real-time updates of their projects so that they can all be working on the same document, presentation or file at the same time. So, rather than one person waiting on someone else to finish their part before they can start working, everyone can do their portions at once, speeding completion time, improving productivity exponentially.
Additionally, if you’re all working on the same thing at once, it provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration, sharing ideas, and ultimately the potential to provide your client with the best end product. Employees can check each other’s work in real-time, reducing errors and increasing the quality of your business’s product.
Ok, so we’ve established that the cloud is awesome. How can you make it work for you? Several cloud-based applications help you maximize your cloud usage and help you implement the strategic importance of cloud apps.
Ultimately, the cloud charges you with positive energy to say ‘yes’ to your business demands more often. It gives you the freedom to kickstart as many new research and development (R&D) projects as you can dream of instead of betting on just one or two by giving you unlimited access to the world’s information at your fingertips. The cloud’s on-demand approach provides you with the potential to quickly supply teams with the resources they require at a fraction of the cost. All you have to do is ask, how can the cloud work for me?