Over the past few years cloud computing has skyrocketed in popularity amongst businesses, although many are still wary about moving away from traditional ‘on-premise’ IT operations.
Why you should consider moving your business to the cloud:
When you move to the cloud, you only typically pay for the services that you use. Cloud service providers charge based the on features; e.g. storage, number of users, among other factors. This means that you can choose a package that suits your budget.
One of the most obvious benefits of moving to the cloud is the flexibility that comes with it. This gives you and your employees the flexibility to work from anywhere, at anytime. Ultimately, you can reduce the number of physical workstations in your office and allow employees to work from home (where possible) to save costs and also to allow for a more modern way of working. All you and your employees will need is a fast internet connection.
Cloud services are having a huge impact on performance of teams. Employees / teams within a business can easily share data, communicate and collaborate on projects – even when they’re not in the office together. You can improve efficiency, productivity, and usability by moving your business to the cloud.
Purchasing additional hardware/ servers, storage and licenses is a very traditional way of computing and planning for growth. Scaling cloud services is really easy and takes away the cost of planning ahead. With cloud services you can scale up or down in features whenever you need to. This usually takes just minutes and could save your business a lot of money in the long-term by not buying ahead for what may be needed.
Storing data on the cloud is often safer than storing it on physical servers. If laptops, PC’s, or other physical machines are stolen from your premises, this would be a breach of data and security and could lead to confidential information being stolen. If your data is stored in the cloud, you can delete it remotely or simply move it to another account – it is also likely to be much harder to access. Breaching security on cloud platforms is usually extremely difficult, meaning that cloud is a great way to be assured of data / information safety.
We conduct a Readiness Assessment for all businesses before recommending moving to the Cloud. The objective is firstly to provide an expert witness report and measured risk assessment of the technical operation and continuity plans. Second, to provide an opinion on your businesses ability to scale rapidly as growth plans are implemented. Third, to assess any operational efficiency gains that can be delivered through smarter use of technology.