If there’s any one technology that has the potential to revitalize your business, it’s cloud computing. The advantages of allowing you and your employees to access software and productivity tools from any device or location at any time cannot be underestimated. That’s not the only way that the cloud can help you businesses, though. Below are five ways in which cloud computing can help you to move your business into the future.
Cost Efficient Storage
Cloud computing can take the weight off of your business credit card by outsourcing data storage. Since most small businesses can only afford to purchase the essential technology, the ability to move data such as backups to the cloud can save them hundred of dollars a year that would have been spent on physical hardware. Companies could save up to 29% on services and labor by employing cloud computing solutions, according to George Reese on O’Reilly Media.
Most of us regularly use a familiar form of cloud computing whenever we send or receive an email through a provider such as Yahoo or Google. At one time, email was bound to computers and desks and offices, but now is available on mobile devices, as well. This mobility is now available for all kinds of software through cloud services, and it can revolutionize your business as much as email did when it was first introduced. Starting a project on one device, completing it on another and being able to collaborate with colleagues on documents in real time are benefits that no other technology can match. By giving your employees open access to documents, software, and each other from anywhere around the world, productivity can skyrocket.
Since much of the software provided by cloud computing services is provided on a monthly plan, the choice exists to cease using software that doesn’t work for your needs. With traditional software purchases, if what you buy for your company isn’t really what you need, you’re not only stuck with it, you’re stuck with the bill. Cloud services manage most of your IT needs, allowing you and your IT department to focus on your own projects and more immediate issues. Cloud computing solutions allow larger organizations to refocus their expensive IT services and computing expenses to more operationally oriented work.
Ease of Use
Cloud services don’t care if you are using a PC or a Mac, which eliminates the need for everyone to be running similar hardware in your organization. Not only does this improve productivity, but businesses can save money by eliminating the need to buy multiple versions of costly software for multiple platforms.
In the end, cloud computing can help save your business a tremendous amount of money. A one man shop can save more than $34,000 and 56 man-hours a year by giving up hardware investment and software purchases and switching to Google Apps, according to Backupify.com from Gone Google calculations. It might seem like a lofty claim, but the idea that you can get the equivalent of $30,000 in software, hardware and tech support for $50 a year is quite powerful.
Brian Allen is a mobile- and tech-trend whiz who’s worked as a private consultant for more than 30 tech companies.