Curious about what the cloud can do for your business? Good! Cloud computing is one of the most powerful IT solutions on the market today. If you’re on the fence about whether cloud services are right for your business, you’re in the right place. The following are five exciting features of the cloud, and some of the benefits they could hold for your business.
1. Data Backup with the Cloud
Migrating your data to the cloud is one of the first steps towards true data security. When you store data in the cloud, it doesn’t just disappear into thin air, waiting for your summons to return to your computer; it’s stored in a very real server off-site, where professionals take all the necessary precautions to protect it from potential disasters. The largest cloud providers, like Amazon, Apple and Google, maintain massive worldwide infrastructures that support their cloud services.
This level of decentralization means that there are many levels of redundancy and a horde of cybersecurity experts standing between your data and any kind of disaster. Backing up your data off-site is advisable, since a spilled cup of coffee could otherwise be your business’ greatest enemy.
2. Collaborative Workspaces
Before the cloud, collaboration in a digital environment could be a real hassle. Transferring files had to be done via email (or worse, packaged in a thumb drive or external hard drive and passed between users). Multiple copies of the same document gobbled up space on your devices.
Cloud computing has changed all that. Many cloud platforms now offer collaborative workspaces where people can simultaneously work on a single file. Google Drive is the most popular of these platforms right now, but functionality is rapidly expanding.
3. Powerful Software as a Service
The idea of software as a service (Saas) has been around for a while now, but gained new meaning with the sudden rise of cloud computing. Now more than ever, companies are abandoning their traditional sales models in favor of cloud-based subscription services. Microsoft’s transition from the Office suite to the cloud-based Office 365 has been swift and effective. Netflix’s bold decision to move away from their mail-order model to become a streaming service hasn’t just put the competition out of business; it’s made a profound dent in Western culture.
Software as a service means you don’t have to worry about reinstalling your favorite software every year, since rolling updates and live support keep software from aging.
One of the reasons the cloud is so exciting is because the technology is still in its infancy. Software that was rare five years ago is ubiquitous today. In another five years, the cloud could play a role nearly every aspect of our lives.
Embrace Cloud Computing Today
Adopting the cloud and embracing it in your daily processes is one of the best decisions your business can make to speed growth. You’ll notice an immediate impact on the efficiency of your business as employees become fluent in their new tools and start streamlining their workflows. In the long-term, your business will emerge as a leader in your market, ready for the future. Having a tech-savvy culture in your office is one of the best ways to attract new young talent that can help your business navigate and thrive in an increasingly digital world.
If you think cloud services are right for your business, there’s no time like the present to start. Preferred Technology Solutions is proud to work with businesses around North Texas to achieve transformation through technology. The first step is to make contact – no obligations on your part. Reach out today to get the process started.