Is your head in the cloud?
If not, you probably should consider jumping on the bandwagon before you get left behind. Cloud computing is the future of business, large and small, and its implementation has already truly started. You can outsource many aspects of your business and personal life this way, and the applications are growing by the day.
Using cloud computing services is a great benefit to business in terms of flexibility. In the past, businesses have had to supply their own infrastructure that can cope with rare spikes in demand, while sitting idle and wasted at other times.
Using cloud computing services takes care of all this. Many facets of business operation can be outsourced in this fashion – storage space, computing power, accounting services, delivery and so much more. Let’s see what they’ve got to offer.
Software as a Service
Initial purchase of software and subsequent updates is a fairly expensive proposition. It can be difficult to find software that is flexible enough to suit the inevitable changes in your business, and fluctuations in the national and global markets. Again, the cloud comes to the rescue.
There are many applications available already via the cloud, including office suites and CAD software, and the list increases daily. Initial startup costs are drastically reduced, updates eliminated, and the choice to change or upgrade depending on circumstances is all yours.
Business Processes as a Service
A great many business processes can also be outsourced to the cloud. E Commerce is the obvious one, but have you considered customer management, human resources, accounting, delivery and supply?
Financial and accounting services alone would save so many headaches, and alleviate employee and management stress. And I mean total service here. For example, there are online providers that not only manage your payroll and accounting, they also provide taxation calculation and advice. Because they can afford the best in consultants you reap the benefits, again for a fraction of the price.
Infrastructure as a Service
Storage, web hosting, virtual data centers and location independence are all advantages of using cloud services. With the added bonus of instant scalability, this can be a boon for business, especially those just starting out with limited budgets.
Human Resources and collaboration
From 2012 to 2015 in Australasia alone, cloud related job growth has risen by an average of 110 %, and will only continue to rise as freelancers take advantage of online opportunities.
The cloud offers businesses incredible power to recruit the best candidates from all over the world, and allows them to collaborate with their colleagues wherever they are. It allows staff to break through the barriers of time zones and distance, and increases communication and productivity.
To achieve this kind of connectivity in-house takes an enormous amount of hardware and components, and then you have installation, upgrades and maintenance to consider. Cloud services offer you premium quality components and security – it’s really a no-brainer.
Recovery from crashes can be a nightmare for a business. The threat of data loss is always lurking in the background, and coupled with viruses and malware it can make a shambles of the most prepared IT department. Utilizing the cloud negates all this. These large providers have IT budgets that most businesses can only dream of, and they get what they pay for. And with multiple mirrored servers your data is always safe. You can take advantage of this level of security at a fraction of the price you would pay to implement it yourself. Win – win.
One of the most concerning things to any business these days is security, and it costs them a small fortune to manage it. Viruses, hackers, data leaks and more have been responsible for a lot of damage, and it’s only going to get worse. The best defense is up-to-date resources and software, and this is exactly what you get with cloud computing. These providers pour incredible resources into their security protocols, far more than any small or medium sized business could afford.