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.

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