Cloud computing is the best thing for small business since the creation of the stapler, giving them access to data and applications, anywhere and anytime, from any mobile device at a reasonable price. The cloud gives small businesses access to technologies previously out of their reach and helps them compete with both small businesses and larger ones.
For small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), the benefits of cloud computing are endless. It saves them both time and money by boosting productivity, improving collaboration and promoting innovation.
In the cloud you can access files, work remotely as though you were in the office, and even collaborate remotely. Even if you’re away from work, or your office server is inaccessible, data in the cloud is always up to date and available wherever, whenever.
Chances are you aren’t ready to move to the cloud or are still
sceptical of how it can bene t you. According to a recent survey conducted by CRN, 40% of IT professionals said that less than half of their UK customer base were currently using cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.
While this isn’t re ective of all UK IT professionals and their customers, some SMBs are reluctant to move their traditional on-premises solutions and migrate to the cloud due to several factors. The cost of migrating a small business
can put a substantial dent in the yearly budget, there’s also the potential downtime, and the technical expertise they’d need to employ or outsource. So, why should you embrace the cloud?
REDUCED COSTS FOR ON-DEMAND FLEXIBILITY
Operating on a monthly pay-as-you-go subscription removes the need to pay hefty upfront costs for IT resources and replaces them with a predictable billing cycle. Plus, users can be added and removed as and when required, so there’s no need to pay for unneeded licenses.
BOOSTED PRODUCTIVITY & COLLABORATION
A modern workforce needs exible, easy ways to communicate and collaborate with each other, speci cally when working away from the o ce. A recent Frost and Sullivan report states that small businesses can boost their productivity by up to 400% by using cloud collaboration tools.
IMPROVED SECURITY & COMPLIANCE
A survey by the Federation
of Small Businesses reported that approximately 90% of small businesses weren’t ready for GDPR. The cloud allows businesses to remain up to date with government regulations, without the cost of upgrading and maintaining on-site hardware.