Cloud Computing is spoken about everywhere and movies are being made about it, small, medium and large businesses have embraced it and quite frankly it’s difficult to imagine using apps or technology without it! After cloud computing has been introduced, companies have reduced their costs, increased flexibility and capacity.
As an entrepreneur, you will look to maximize your IT return on investment as well as increase your company’s functionality. Companies have to process large amounts of data and the system you use needs to be reliable, economical and more importantly secure. That’s why more and more companies are choosing cloud computing to meet those demands.
What is cloud computing?
Essentially, cloud computing is a kind of computing which is hosted online via the Internet. Cloud computing has many different services. A cloud server can host Websites. All forms of data, emails and communication software can also be hosted within the cloud.
How can you as an entrepreneur use cloud computing?
Before you start using the cloud, you will need to make a few changes to your company in terms of resources as well as strategy. There will need to be changes in the IT structure, information security, decisions on how and where the data will be stored, integrating the front and back end. After getting the environment ready, here’s how using the cloud can help your business.
- Reduce your staffing requirements for IT: Cloud computing can save your business heaps of money by doing the services in house, reduced costs by external servers, plus you can use tools to help streamline productivity and reduce energy consumption costs.
- No physical equipment to maintain: cloud computing is not physical, therefore it makes things flexible and adjustable to the needs and size of your organization. The bandwidth can also be met because of the huge capacity of the cloud’s remote servers.
- Have more time to run your business: All entrepreneurs will tell you how long their days are and what even an hour or two worth of time will mean to them. Cloud computing can do just that. Instead of purchasing and installing expensive software yourself, your cloud service provider can do this for you in addition to scaling the operation structure leaving more time for you to run your business.
- Create and collaborate: Who doesn’t love a virtual team? If your team is working on a project and cant all be in the same location, you can use cloud computing to give access to the project for all or some of your employers. External contractors, vendors, suppliers can all have access to the same file too! Imagine saving on travel and time!
- Backup, file storage and sharing: As much as we love hoarding hard disk’s worth of data, why not store them in the cloud? You can access your files at anytime from any location using any computer. Dropbox is widely used by people and businesses alike to store their files and backup their data. So if any of your hard disks or computer were to crash. You’d have a back up ready to go!
- CRM at it’s best! Customers are our single most important element in a business and we take time and effort to build and develop relationships with them. Setting up a customer relationship management software can be time consuming and expensive. As a small or medium sized company, you want a great way to store your customer’s details. Cloud based CRM can do that for you in half the cost with easy access.
- Storing, Sending and Editing large files: Have you tried to edit or download large excel sheets worth of data or tried to send photos that are absolutely gorgeous but are huge? That’s where Google Docs and Office 365 come in. They can send files and they have access to office suite where you can log in to from anywhere.
- Different industries can use them: One of the most important industries here in Australia is logistics. Even they can benefit from using Cloud computing. For example, you can make use of SAAS or Software as a Service provider that helps companies keep track of their trucks, drivers and deliveries. Cloud computing allows a company called Transics to offer reliable information in a way that optimizes costs in an industry that has high overhead cost.
- Disaster Recovery: Using cloud computing, having your employees work remotely can mean lower severity of an in house IT crisis. It can also resolve issues faster, meaning you don’t need to have complex plans for disaster recovery put in place.
- Automation: Most companies need to invest in IT support to maintain and update your storage and files. That can work out pretty expensive. Cloud computing has automatic updates saving you heaps of time and money
With so many benefits to using Cloud computing, even small businesses can start small without making any major changes and work your way up and make use of the changing trends to drive profitability.
We here at Social Pandora use Cloud Computing to store files, share files, work virtually and even back up all our client databases! We find it convenient and saves us heaps of money.
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