5 Ways The Cloud is Changing How The Corporate World Does Business

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The world of information and data continues to grow and as it does, the cloud is there beside it. Noone, is more appreciative than the corporate world.

So why is it changing the world we live in?

Upgrades made simple…

We all know, that time when software is due for an update, it can be a daunting task for any size business. Imagine if you’re a massive corporate.

However, because cloud providers such as ourselves look after every aspect of cloud computing, no business, including the corporate ones have to worry about making sure they keep track of the updates and when they are due.

We take care of all updates and all upgrades. Meaning that businesses, like yours, can get on with their job, their working day doesn’t have to stop whilst the updates take place…

Lower operational costs

The cloud saves your business money in two ways; IT staffing and equipment costs.

Cloud providers such as ourselves take care of everything, all of the maintenance and the system updates, so it means the corporate players can cut their IT budgets in half, at least. We’re not saying to you that Cloud Computing services don’t cost money, they do – but it’s a fraction.

Equally, because of all the equipment, i.e servers are off-site, every business will save money, but corporates will see the bigger cost savings by avoiding costly upgrades / upkeep.

Scalability…

With corporate companies comes massive amounts of data. Another reason why the cloud is so beneficial. The cloud is extremely scalable, which is essential for the changing data storage needs of the corporate world.

What happended before we had the Cloud? Well businesses had to waste time, as well as money upgrading servers and expanding their storage needs.

Using Cloud providers such as ourselves, increasing / decreasing storage is easy as all you have to do is contact us. The best part is the change, it’s often instant.

Work anywhere, at anytime on any device

The cloud is an everywhere platform, it gives any business, unparalleled mobility particularly in the corporate world.

The cloud makes working from anywhere, at anytime on any device possible. Whether that means employees want to work from home or share files with colleagues around the world.

Another bonus is the cloud helps keep the corporate world on the same page, all the time – how? Files, data, and documents are kept in a central storage location, so can be accessed at any time, anywhere, again on any device.

Storage Security

Keeping your data off-site is the thing most businesses shy away from the cloud is mentioned, however the cloud is one of the most secure forms of data storage available.

Why? Information is is stored in the cloud and not the actual device itself and because of this business data is always secure and accessible, even in the event of theft.

We understand that the cloud is easily accessible, however providers take extra measures to protect stored data by only granting access to users, how? With encrypted passwords.

Also, providers also use the most up-to-date security monitoring software to ensure security breaches don’t happen.

When it comes to the cloud and cloud computing in the corporate world, it plays a giant role. Have you integrated the cloud into your company’s plans?

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To Cloud or not to Cloud – that is the question.

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With so much pressure it seems to move to the Cloud, SME’s have got a challenging decision ahead of them.

Do they stick with what they know best, the CAPEX, budget swallowing old ways, or reach out of their comfort zone and try an OPEX pay as you go way of IT? Should they embrace the new ways of doing things, or stick with the analogy ‘you can’t teach old dogs new tricks’.

With so many cloud companies offering solutions, it’s no wonder SME’s get confused with what’s on offer. So let’s take a look at the decisions SME’s have got to make.

Most SME’s think about moving to the Cloud because of rapid growth, wanting to streamline processes, especially when you have multiple sites in the business and making IT useable for the future. However there another important reasons that should be thought about.

With the news rife about cyber security, threats and hacking of large businesses, security is probably the most important concern for any business owner and worry that stops SME’s moving to the Cloud. Cloud-based software can help minimise security risks, how? By storing data safely on secure servers in secure locations instead of in your server room. With severs not being kept on your site, you are also minimising electricity bills, the chance of any electrical faults. Worry not, if the unfortunate does happen, most Cloud based providers will offer business continuity / business recovery to ensure that the business runs with no compromise.

Cloud Computing = No servers in your office = Minimised security risks

As the business expands, your IT requirements will change to accommodate your business needs. More employees, home-working, repairing hardware all have an effect on your business. Choosing the right IT requirements for your business that grow with your company strategy and growth is important. Implementing Cloud Computing in the business is simple, predictable and flexible as it takes care of everything for you.

Cloud Computing = Predictability and Flexibility

Whether your business is in a low season for sales or the office is flying high as a kite from taking on sales, as a business owner you need to make sure resource is in place to accommodate all situations. With Cloud Computing, your business has the power to stay flexible as you do not have to invest in new servers or equipment or supply additional IT training. By implementing the Cloud into your business you’ve saved money, seen cost savings and seen your IT change so it’s predictable.

Cloud Computing = No servers in your office = Save money

Another reason for implementing the Cloud into your business is affordability. By adopting the software into your business, you are providing it with a way to add new software tools, saving you money. You’re also able to increase your storage capacity, without having to spend thousands on hardware and servers. Again, saving you money. When you decrease the number of computer systems you don’t use and reduce the size of your server room, in some cases eradicating the need for one at all, this dramatically cut your electricity consumption. Imagine how much that would add up to over a year?

Cloud Computing = A greener way of working = More space

With the old ways of working, maintenance of the traditional software, is costly and requires a huge amount of support from your IT provider. With Cloud Computing, this is no longer an issue, the Cloud provider will take care of the software upkeep.

One of our clients recently said to us:

“I love that I can call Cloud Shepherd and it’s all taken care for me, I don’t have to worry about a thing – I can get on with the rest of my day”.

Cloud Computing = Less stress

When it comes to cost, Cloud Computing depends on the business’s needs and requirements. It can be acquired on a monthly, direct debit or yearly subscription.

If you are looking to make IT more accessible to your employees, looking to save money and make a change for the future to be more environmentally friendly, looking to take away the pain of IT and the upfront costs it brings, then Cloud Computing is something you need to explore.