The secret is out, and it has been for years now; cloud computing is the way not of the future, but the present reality of how businesses function. Cloud software and benefits have already transformed business operations and are continuing to innovate and find new ways of affecting a multitude of industries.
As a small business owner, the move to the cloud should be clear. At this point, it should only be a question of which cloud application is utilized and how that application will fit in with the overall vision of the company.
Despite the popularity of cloud software, it’s still safe to say that some small business owners are unaware of its benefits or even of the existence of many cloud applications. That’s why it’s necessary to begin with a brief overview of some of the more common uses of cloud services.
This is an important factor. The development of cloud storage allows for files and data to be saved in a remote location that is accessible anywhere an Internet connection exists. As the technology evolves, offline access to stored files are becoming more and more common, and with workplaces becoming more flexible with allowing employees to work remotely, files can also be accessed from most smartphones and mobile devices.
Utilizing cloud storage means there is no need for any hardware. The need to occupy any physical space in your office with rows of paper files is also eliminated. And cloud computing is scalable in the sense that space is made available according to your company’s demands; this means it can be increased or decreased easily to match the current state of your organization.
Communicating Through the Cloud
One of the great benefits of the cloud is being able to maintain communication with employees and having them all plugged into the same system, regardless of location. Cloud computing makes this possible by having organizations utilize different e-mail software, like Outlook 360, and telephone software that is capable of producing the same services, including extension numbers and transferring calls, as though everyone was still sitting in the same room.
Software as a Service
It would be impossible to list all of the software as a service (SaaS) brands that are currently present on the cloud market. When you consider services like Netflix, which has changed broadcast television; Freshbooks; and QuickBooks, which has impacted not only accounting, but also the way small businesses are able to conduct transactions, you begin to understand just how transformative SaaS has truly been.
When comparing all of these services to the previous models, there are factors of cost savings, increased flexibility, responsiveness to consumers, and the ability to adapt to what is becoming an increasingly remote work team. While some questions regarding the security of cloud services still remain, particularly as it refers to protecting stored information, the fact is that the cloud has completely infused itself into the work world. This increasing trend will only continue to compound itself.
If you are a small business owner and still aren’t sure how the cloud can benefit your organization, get in touch with Venture Computers of Canada Inc. We’ll consult with your team to give you a precise breakdown of which cloud services your company would most benefit from and exactly how to go about applying them. More information is available at www.Venture.ca.
“Does a move to the cloud make sense for your small business?” Microsoft Small Business Support web site; http://smallbusiness.support.microsoft.com/en-us/voices/how-to-make-your-move-to-the-cloud-2929352/, last accessed April 14, 2015.