Inside the walls of IT companies, we are excited about cloud computing – not only what it has already become, but also the many ways it's going to change offices and businesses in the coming years. For the rest of the non-technical world, however, the excitement hasn't been quite as strong.
Why is it that business owners and executives aren't more anxious to try out cloud computing and see what it can do for their businesses?
The short answer, we think, is that many think that cloud computing is something with a cool name but little practical value. In other words, they think it might be interesting, but that it doesn't carry any practical benefits for their organizations.
We strongly disagree, and the facts are on our side. Here are three reasons that cloud computing makes more sense for companies of all sizes than many business owners think it does:
1. Cloud computing is inexpensive. Unlike a lot of technological changes and developments, the costs for implementing cloud computing are surprisingly low. Instead of having to pay for a new set of servers, for example, or upgrade your company with specialized technology, all you usually have to do is sign up for an ongoing plan at a low monthly rate.
And speaking of monthly fees, that's where cloud computing really shines. Rather than setting aside lots of money for backups, software upgrades, new equipment, and other ongoing expenses, these costs are picked up by your managed services provider. All in all, cloud computing almost always makes perfect sense for the bottom line.
2. Cloud computing allows companies to do more. Although the cost savings tend to excite a lot of the men and women in the corner office, what will catch the attention of your team is how much you can do with cloud computing on your side. That's because your company's network no longer becomes a series of individual workstations, but one entity that can be accessed and added to by every member of your team, no matter where they are.
Imagine regular employees, remote workers, vendors, and even contracted freelancers all working together in real time, without dozens of e-mails and back-and-forth phone calls. That's just one example of the time and productivity savings that are possible when you switch to a cloud computing platform.
3. Cloud computing is safer. For a lot of business owners, this is the part where things get really counterintuitive. Surely, they think, sending your data to a remote server somewhere must carry a security risk. That sounds feasible until you consider that your data can be transmitted securely, and to a facility where trained technicians and guards are on site 24 hours a day to make sure that your files are safe and sound.
Plus, the team at your cloud facility is going to keep things like hosting software, applications, and anti-virus programs updated continuously, instead of putting it off until they have time. The end result? Your data is a lot safer in the cloud than it ever was at your facility.
Want to know more about cloud computing and why it makes so much sense for your company? Schedule a quick appointment to talk with a member of our team today.