Whether you are thinking about embracing a portion of cloud computing for your IT needs or you are thinking about using it exclusively for all of the IT aspects of your business, you should first take a look at how much your company can benefit from cloud computing. The following is an overview.
Cloud computing reduces IT costs
So much of what an IT staff is responsible for is transferred to a cloud hosting provider. At the top of the list is backing up all data files. This is a time consuming process. In addition to this, there is the savings on IT staff troubling shooting problems with software and hardware, especially the servers. With cloud computing, there are no servers to maintain. When it is time to upgrade a server, it is done by the cloud computing provider at their end. There is nothing for an IT staff to do. For this reason, migrating to cloud computing means a reduction in the labor costs associated with maintaining the hardware for your company.
It reduces downtime
Cloud computing providers have redundancy built into their system. Nothing short of the end of the world is going to shut your business down. However, the more files that you have stored on your local servers, the greater the chances are that you could suffer a catastrophic failure that is brought on by a natural disaster, fire, flood or any other type of large scale event that can shut your business down and make recovery difficult. With a cloud computing system, all of your files and programs are in a distant location. All you need is access to the internet, and you will be able to access all of your company’s files and software.
It helps reduce the time to market of new products
By having all of your files and programs in the clouds, so to speak, you will be able to give access to some or all of the files across departments, and do so regardless of where they are located. Some companies have more than one location, but engineers, working on a new or revised design of an existing product, can share what they are doing with marketing departments, quality control staff and other people involved in bringing a product to market from concept to distribution. This type of collaborative approach is best done with cloud computing. The result will be avoiding mistakes that cause delays in bringing the product to market. Reduced time to market means a smaller time frame for your company’s return on investment.
Cloud computing increases productivity
There are many ways that this is achieved. First and foremost is a team that needs to share files, but they are at different locations. With cloud computing, you can connect to the cloud server by way of the internet, and this can be done on any device that can connect to the internet. Even better, this can be done anywhere in the world. Although this is possible to do with a local server, the logistics behind it are more complex, and therefore, more difficult for your employees to work with. When project teams work together in a cloud computing environment, they are better able to produce high quality work and in less time. Cloud computing is a great asset for field sales, where your sales people can have real time data on everything that relates to selling your product. This alone will increase your revenue.
Whether your business is reducing costs or increasing productivity, your business will realize a return on investment from migrating to cloud computing that will be seen as an increase in your company’s profits. There are well documented numbers for the increases in various areas of a company’s operation that clearly show the benefits of cloud computing are real. Even so, many businesses are hesitant to make the plunge, but you don’t have to. You can slowly migrate a little at a time, and see for yourself how the entire process will work for your specific business. The one thing that you will need is cloud computing software, and your employees will need to be trained on how to use it. There are, however, businesses that offer training services for various software packages. One example of this would be Guru Solutions. Take your time, and decide what the first step for your company should be.