In today’s world, businesses need to stay up to date with cloud technology in order to stay agile and remain competitive within their industry. Since cloud computing has become widely available, the weakness of traditional IT infrastructure has become more and more apparent.
While many businesses are still struggling to adapt to the change, being ahead of the curve can really give you an edge. To better understand why it is important for your business to understand cloud computing, we have listed some of the advantages below:
Reduce your costs
Utilising cloud computing helps you reduce costs associated with managing and maintaining IT systems. Businesses instantly save on the cost of purchasing expensive equipment and systems, as you are using the resources provider by your cloud computing service.
No longer will you have to take on the cost of upgrading hard ware and software, there are fewer time delays when it comes to your systems, and it can also reduce your staff costs as you no longer need to pay for as many expert IT staff.
If you have your own data centre you will need to manage the buying, installing, upgrading and configuration of old and new servers and other technologies. This can be particularly problematic when you have systems that have short term demand or otherwise limited use.
With cloud computing, scalability is built into. Cloud computing makes scaling your operation and storage up and down a breeze, giving your business a lean and flexible operation. If you suddenly need increased computing capacity or server space, you can do so instantly, and if that demand only lasts for a couple of days or weeks, you can scale down as it decreases. You have the added benefit of this all being handled by your cloud computing service too, freeing up your time to keep the business running.
Cloud computing gives your business the ability to easily communicate and share information throughout the business. The cloud gives you high speeds, and is accessible from absolutely anywhere, so if you are working on a project across different locations you can make sure that everyone is on the same page.
Flexible working setups
Remote work has become more popular in the modern work place and cloud computing allows your employees to work from the office, at home, and even on the commute to work. Many companies are now using this to give employees the benefit of choosing their own working conditions, and it also gives you the added benefit of cutting down on the amount of office space required.
It is as simple as using web-enabled devices to give your employees the ability to collaborate in real-time regardless of their location by using systems that synchronise files and communication applications such as slack.
Disaster recovery and Business Continuity
Investing in cloud computing means that a business can guarantee reliable disaster recovery and backup solutions in the case of emergency. For many businesses, investing in complex disaster recovery plans can be a very expensive project, which is where the cloud comes in – it is designed in such a way to allow data to be mirrored across servers, so that if one fails, it is already backed up. Being able to access data quickly after failure minimises loss of downtime and productivity.
Is it time you moved to the cloud?
So there you have it. All these benefits lead to less stress, particularly at peak times. Streamlining your process lead to a more engaged, productive staff, and gives you the ability to gain a real competitive advantage which puts you ahead of your competitors.