By 2020, it’s projected that all businesses will use at least one cloud-based service. However, we’re here to explain why you should make the full shift now. Cloud computing is the future, and there are so many benefits to adopting the technology right now. It’s time to bring your company into 2016! Essentially, cloud computing is all about using online systems to operate your business. Rather than relying on hardware and software, you’ll use the internet to do business. A simple example is a shared online calendar or a data backup on DropBox.
1. Disaster recovery
If your entire business relies on data stored on a hard-drive, you’re putting your livelihood at risk. Why? Because if that hard drive or data storage system crashes, you’ll lose everything. It’s almost impossible to restore a hard drive. But, it’s not impossible to restore data on a cloud service. In fact, they’re specifically designed for this purpose. So long as the server can access your data, a recovery is always possible. Cloud systems are significantly safer than their traditional counterparts.
One of the best features of cloud computing is the ability to quickly and easily collaborate with others. Take a typical spreadsheet, for example. Using a software program, you’ll have to save the Excel file, send it via email or USB stick to your counterpart, who will then make edits. Now, everyone can instantly access the same document online. Everyone with access can make edits, comments, and work on that one document. It’s more efficient, and much more secure.
3. Work from anywhere
Another huge advantage of cloud computing is the ability to work from anywhere in the world. So long as you have an internet connection, you can access cloud computing systems from anywhere. They can typically be accessed on a variety of devices too. Let’s say you’re abroad on business. You can check in with the latest accounts spreadsheet on your iPad while in a meeting. Similarly, your workers could telecommute from home, with a simple password to access key documents.
For some business owners, this entire system may seem less secure than a traditional alternative. In fact, the opposite is true. We took a long, hard look at the RedPixie business cloud business strategies, and the security benefits are obvious. The biggest threat to business security isn’t hacking. It’s actually theft of laptops and hard drives. If your employees lose a laptop, anyone could access files stored on there. However, if those files are stored on the cloud, it would be impossible for a thief to get access.
5. Environmentally friendly
The simple reality is that cloud computing is much more environmentally friendly. First of all, you’ll drastically reduce the amount of paper your business consumes. (Which saves you money too). Secondly, cloud computing adapts to how much storage you are using. It’s a pay-as-you-go service, so you only pay for the energy you use. Great for your bank balance, and great for the environment.
There you have it, folks. Five very good reasons to switch to the cloud right now. Rest assured, change is coming, you might as well hop on the moving train!