Cloud computing has become a big thing in the past few years, and if you haven’t heard of it – where have you been hiding? To put it simply, cloud computing is a way of running your computer services over the internet.
As long as you have an internet connection, a cloud user has anytime, anywhere access to the software and data you need to run your business and to work. You can use it as an online backup, to run software or cloud-based CRM (customer relationship management) from or simply as a place that makes it possible to access your documents from any device, anywhere in the world. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why you need to move your business to the icloud, stat.
Most businesses have a reserve of additional servers, software licenses, and storage capacity sitting around being idle in case of a sudden growth in staff or demand. By using a cloud service, it becomes possible to expand with your increase of staff or clients in a flash! All you need to do is contact your cloud host and agree on a new package.
2. Latest Versions of Documents are Always Available
Have you ever worked on a document or spreadsheet as a group? It’s a nightmare, to say the least! Quite often you lose track of who updated it last, where it has been saved and end up with multiple versions of the same spreadsheet! By working on the cloud, every time you open a document you will have the latest version – it may even be possible for multiple people to work on it at the same time, which saves duplication and confusion!
Cloud computing is the ideal solution for security, protection, and recovery. Cloud products are typically pretty robust systems and are housed in secure data centers which are staffed by experts in data protection and selected fields. As long as you have a data connection, you will be able to work and access all files and client information that you need!
4. Increased Mobility
We are living in an age of the digital nomad, where we are expected (and have the ability) to work from wherever we may be in the world. Thanks to the cloud, you’ll never need to carry home folders of paperwork or increase your luggage allowance to accommodate for files when traveling, as everything is available just with a click of the mouse! Most cloud-based systems can be used across many devices, so working from your smartphone or tablet is just as easy as a laptop! Working with a cloud means that it makes it much easier to telecommute or work from home or the road, making the world that much easier for parents, travelers, and those who live far away from the office.
5. Easy Collaboration
Long gone are the days of travelling across the country to gather in a stuffy room to talk about projects or forecasts. Now, thanks to cloud services, teams and individuals can work independently in their separate locations and can edit documents, share ideas, communicate and share ideas, all in real time!