Many businesses are yet to tap into the inherent benefits of cloud computing, this might be due to the level of information available at the disposal of some organisation on the importance of cloud services, some other reasons might be due to data sensitivity and security.
In the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, but cloud computing allows people access to the same kinds of applications through the internet. Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the internet.
For the few SMB’s (Small and Medium Scale Business), running their operations in the cloud means they can access their data from anywhere, on any device at any time. Embracing cloud helps tighten company security and business owners are afforded greater flexibility and more opportunity.
Here are five reasons to run your entire business in the cloud.
Some business owners are yet to come to the realisation that cloud storage is generally more affordable because the cloud service providers distribute the costs of their infrastructure and services across many businesses. Many organisations want to save cost especially during this recession and one direction they should consider looking is migrating to cloud computing.
Moving your business to the could eliminate the cost of hardware and maintenance. Removing these capital expenditures and the associated service salaries from your technology expenses can translate into significant cost savings.
You’ll also want to consider the increased productivity cloud storage allows for that causes the following benefits.
Gone are the days when all your documents can only be stored on your hard drive and you’d either have to back it up or risk losing your life’s work forever? With the cloud, that’s no longer an issue. Cloud is a platform that makes data and software accessible online anytime, anywhere, from any device. Your hard drive is no longer your only data repository. Companies like Microsoft with its Office 365 for Work suite mean you can collaborate on any device, at any time, with your team or clients in one document. You can track changes, make comments, share and chat about what you’re working on in real-time.
Your mobile, combined with tools like Hangouts, Skype, HipChat or Slack, means you have plenty of ways to stay in touch with your team and your clients. You can track projects, comments and with no need for a clunky relic of a desk phone, you have more space.
Businesses are faced with ever increasing storage requirements, especially for long-term storage of unstructured data. Storage costs are not driven by the disk costs but by the need for resiliency, compliance and scalability. With cloud storage, you pay for what you use, as you use it. You do not need to anticipate how much storage space you will need for the year and risk paying for unused space or running short. You can adjust the resources available through cloud storage providers and pay based on your current needs, modify as they change.
With the cloud you don’t need teams of data security experts focusing on protecting your data, the cloud is one of the most secure ways to store information. For example, by using cloud service, if your laptop is stolen or it crashed, no one can access your data unless they have a login to the online account where your data is stored for example Microsoft Onedrive. With cloud your data resides in a secured server somewhere – as opposed to when it’s on your hard drive.
On the other hand in the event of a natural disaster or fire, being in the cloud means business productivity doesn’t need to be affected because there’s no downtime. All of your information is safely and securely stored off-site. As long as you have access to any computer or mobile device connected to the internet, you’re back up and running.
In addition to this, if you invite users to view your data, you can control the level of access. This is much more secure than the old-fashioned way of emailing your files or sending out a USB stick with your data on it, or the biggest security hole: sharing a login.
With cloud computing businesses have better accessibility to data. Before cloud storage became prominent in Nigeria, working outside the office was problematic and also more time consuming than it needed to be. Sometimes you have to save your files on your laptop and then return to work the next day to transfer your updated files to ensure others have access to the latest version. Increasing future Cloud storage is driven by users’ desire to access data from not only their PCs but smartphones and tablets as well – adoption of which is expected to increase. Users can easily access data from anywhere in the world.