The cloud can be very good for small businesses

There was once a time when small businesses needed to make significant investments in order to compete on a global scale.  Cloud computing has made this much easier though to be on a level playing field. Cloud computing can give you the ability to have the same enterprise-level solutions as larger companies do, at affordable prices. 

Statistics show that 90% of companies are on the cloud in some form or fashion, so chances are you are using cloud now. If you’re intrigued by whether Cloud computing is right for you, and more importantly, what workloads should be in cloud and what should not be, our experts can help.  Now is the time to explore in greater detail the ways that Cloud computing can benefit your business.

You’ll reduce your business costs while adding flexibility

Historically, growing your business was expensive because of the need for resource investment. One of the major advantages of cloud technology is that you may be able to cut certain hardware costs. Additionally, you can increase or decrease your IT resources as your business’s demands change.

Being able to decrease your resources means you can avoid wasting money on hardware that you don’t later use. Many cloud computing contracts are flexible, too, especially those that come with pay-as-you-go models. As a small business, this allows you to save money on an area that’s usually expensive. With the money you save, you could increase spending elsewhere and scale your organization accordingly.

Disaster recovery comes naturally

Imagine a day in your business’s operations where all your IT resources are lost. Depending on the size of your organization, this could mean a significant reduction in revenue. To add to this, your clients are likely to lose some faith in you and may begin suspecting that you’re unable to protect their data. As a small business, you probably can’t afford to take hits to your reputation.

Disaster recovery has traditionally been a slightly sore point for small businesses, as many lacked the financial resources required to navigate periods of system downtime. Thanks to cloud computing, disaster recovery now comes more naturally. Because certain workloads are moved from premise-based systems to the cloud, and because the disaster recovery options are normally built into the solutions, your data can be more secure.  You don’t need to worry as much about what you will do if your internal IT systems fail as your data is stored on a cloud database and can be accessed remotely.

Employees can enjoy remote working

According to Business Insider, 50% of employees will work remotely by 2020 and cloud computing is helping to facilitate the movement. By using the cloud to host your work files and collaborative databases, it’s easy for employees to work at a distance while remaining on the same page as their in-office colleagues.

Remote working can become an advantage to your business in several ways. In addition to reducing overheads, allowing employees to work from home for two days a week or more could boost productivity. Additionally, you can send employees on trips and to conferences while remaining confident that they can access the same files as everyone else with ease.

Security and updates become easier

Running all your software from your office means you’re the person who’s responsible for security and updates. When you fail to keep up with the pace, you allow your system to become vulnerable to viruses and hackers. Once again, data loss is an easy way to lose your clients’ confidence and it can harm your business’s reputation.

In contrast, using cloud computing can offload certain burdens as the maintenance may take place without you having to put in the time and effort. Man software as service providers manages the maintenance for you, which gives you one less task to do. In addition to reducing the likelihood of you forgetting to perform an update, this approach frees up your time for other areas of your business.

Overall, cloud computing can reduce costs for small businesses, it can increase security, and it can prevent reputation-damaging data loss. We encourage you to discuss your cloud computing strategy with our team from Preferred Technology Solutions, as we are experts in this field.  To set up an appointment, please contact us here.