For SME’s the major advantage of Cloud is the ability to compete as equals with the big boys. With access to software and systems that historically would have been too expensive, you have now the potential to innovate beyond the traditional realms of possibility.
What are the benefits of cloud computing?
1. Automatic Software Updates
Manual software updates can eat up a lot of your IT department’s time, not to mention the financial implications. One of the major advantages of Cloud is automatic software updates which not only remove the onus from your IT department, but also ensure you’re always on the latest version – with the latest security updates. Out of sight, out of mind!
2. Security and Disaster Recovery
What happens if you lose your laptop? Lost and stolen laptops are a billion dollar problem but greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit, is the data inside it. When you’re in the Cloud you have greater security to ensure you can access your data online, no matter what happens. And if you’ve got sensitive information stored, you can even remotely wipe data from lost devices so that it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
Another key strand to Cloud Security is Disaster Recovery (DR). Businesses of all shapes and sizes should implement a robust strategy to ensure data is safely backed-up in the event of a disaster. However, according to Gartner only 35% of businesses have an actual Disaster Recovery plan in place! For years, for many smaller businesses, DR has been more wishful thinking than a reality due to high costs and lack of expertise. Now With the up-front costs removed, you can now get third-party DR expertise as part of your monthly Cloud subscription – what are you waiting for?
3. Capital-Expenditure (Cap-Ex) Free
Traditionally, an investment in IT would have involved an up-front capital cost to purchase your ‘tin’. Cloud computing is kind to your cash-flow, with a pay-as-you-go subscription based model it cuts the cost of hardware. It’s as simple as that!
With the Cloud, you can work from anywhere, at any time as long as you’ve got access to the internet. So whether you’re on the Train, a Transatlantic flight or Timbuctoo you can be at work! With most Cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted to which device you use either.
This enhanced usability also brings increased collaboration. You don’t have to be in the office to collaborate on projects anymore. Digital work-spaces like Office 365 can facilitate online meetings, project teams and much more. Flexibility for the win!
And on that note, our last top advantage of cloud is flexibility! And no we don’t mean down-ward facing dogs! With the Cloud you have the flexibility to scale up or down depending on your business needs. A new employee has started? No problem, it’s as simple as getting them an additional licence and adding their usage to your monthly subscription. Plans for growth? Cloud can support growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands- one less thing to worry about.
With the flexibility that Cloud brings, you can be more agile and gain competitive advantage over other businesses who compete in your industry! Find out more about cloud here >