April 21, 2014
Whenever a new set of technologies arrive on the business landscape, it is often assumed that these will only be accessible for large corporations with big budgets. In the past, advanced technology was exclusive property of large corporations, because they were the only ones that could afford it.
However, when it comes to cloud computing, this old storyline no longer applies. Cloud computing is built upon the premise of greater access to business applications, data storage and information sharing for all parties. Thanks to cloud computing, small businesses are now in a prime position to not only access powerful technology, but they also have the opportunity to compete on the same level as larger competitors.
Where do you think your small business stands in the cloud computing conversation? Are you concerned it’s too expensive? Do you feel it is worthwhile for your company to invest in cloud computing? Before you make your judgment about the cloud, read the following facts that can shed some light on the benefits the cloud can offer your small business.
Trim Your IT Budget
As of 2013, computing industry analysts at 451 Research found that cloud computing had grown to a $16.7 billion industry. At first glance, transitioning to cloud computing can seem like a large investment because it includes maintenance of data centers, extensive hardware networks, software programs and staffing IT professionals.
However, there is a great deal of time and money to be saved by shifting your operations to small business cloud computing. Cloud computing can be outsourced to a managed IT services firm, which relieves you of the time and cost associated with maintaining data centers, servers, networks, laptops, and the software to power them.
Not only can you unload this burden from your company’s expense report, but you can do so at surprisingly affordable rates. Why is that? Managed IT services firms provide the same service to a variety of customers, meaning multiple revenue streams are coming in to help them maintain, upgrade, and replace computing hardware and software as necessary.
Shift Your IT Focus
By freeing up both financial and physical resources in outsourcing your IT services, the IT department you have will be more flexible and responsive to the core business issues they were hired to focus on in the first place.
With these concerns shifted to the managed IT services firm, your staff can focus on supporting the technology that allows your employees to efficiently and effectively carry out the day-to-day operations that comprise the heart and soul of your business.
Finally, when you migrate your small business to cloud computing it can improve the performance of your business as a whole. With less resources dedicated to IT hardware and support, your business will be able to run more efficiently and invest more effectively for growth of your organization.
With the flexibility and ease of access cloud computing offers, employees will be able to access data and information anywhere, at any time. With virtual desktops, your employees will be able to check on projects or operations progress from the other side of town or across the country.
Request a consultation with a Cloud Service specialist and learn more about how cloud computing could give your small business the IT infrastructure it needs now, with the flexibility to grow in the future. At the very least, have your current IT infrastructure analyzed to see if cloud computing could save your small business money.