In simple terms, cloud computing is computing based solely on the internet. Before cloud computing, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded onto a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people access to the same kind of applications through the internet.
Whenever you post updates to social networks, you’re using cloud computing. Whenever you check your bank balance, you’re using cloud computing. Basically, it’s very likely that you rely on cloud computing to tackle challenges faced by small businesses. This can involve sending emails on-the-go or even just using apps like Evernote to manage your workload.
Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud? Well, it increases efficiency, monitoring of staff and cash flow and many more benefits…
Increased opportunities for flexibility
Cloud based solutions are ideal for businesses with growing bandwith demands. If your needs increase, you can quickly and easily increase your cloud capacity. Blue Sword can increase your email storage from the 30gb base with ease.
Should you find that you can scale down, the flexibility is part of the service. This kind of agility can give businesses using cloud computing an advantage over competitors.
Less chance of ‘disasters’
It’s important that businesses of all sizes invest in disaster recovery but it’s not always possible. Cloud based solutions offer increased security so that any disaster that does hit can be quickly and easily remedied. Small businesses are more likely to implement cloud-based backup and recovery solutions that save time, avoid large upfront investments and roll up third-party expertise as part of the deal.
Robust software updates
One of the most appealing things about cloud computing is that the servers are out of sight and not a weight on your mind. The suppliers take care of them so that you don’t have to worry and they roll out regular software updates – including security! So you don’t have to worry about maintaining the system yourself. This frees up time for you to focus on what really matters – growing and improving your business.
Cloud computing eliminates the high cost of hardware. With cloud computing, Blue Sword offer a pay monthly subscription that’s kind to your cash flow. As well as this, the ease of setup and management, suddenly your intimidating IT project is looking a lot friendlier!
Increased and improved collaboration
When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations.
With cloud-based project management, your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere. This means that the’re able to do more together and in turn, do a better job. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help your team update each other in real time and gives full visibility of their collaborations.
Work from anywhere, any time
With cloud based solutions, if you’ve got an internet connection, you can be at work and with most cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you have to hand!
A a result, businesses have the freedom to offer more flexible working perks to employees that improves the work-life balance without productivity being affected.
Improved document control
The more your employees and clients collaborate on projects, the greater the need for watertight document control. Before the cloud, workers consistently sent files back and forth as email attachments that could be used by one user at a time. This more often that not results in a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles.
As smaller companies become more globalised, the scope for complications rises.
When your business makes the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everybody sees the same orignal files. Improved visibility means improved collaboration which ultimately leads to better work and a much healthier bottom line.
If you’re still doing things the old way, it may be time to try a more streamline approach.
Lost laptops are a massively financially draining business problem and, potentially, the loss of an expensive laptop isn’t quite as great as the loss of the data inside of it. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this happens! Because your data is stored within thecloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your device.
You can even remotely wipe data from lost laptops so that it doesn’t get into the wrong hands!
A competitive edge
Looking for ways to become a more competitve business? Moving to cloud based solutions gives access to enterprise-class technology for everybody regardless of business size. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors.
With a pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications, small businesses can run with the big boys and disrupt the market whilst remaining nimble.
Looking to find out more about cloud-based solutions?
If you’re looking to find out more about cloud based solutions for your business, Blue Sword can help you. Get in touch today to find out what we can do for you.