Cloud computing is using the Internet to deliver hardware and software services instead of keeping physical hardware and software at your office. Many small businesses are migrating to the cloud and experiencing benefits that were never before possible, which is why today, 37 percent of U.S. small businesses have fully adapted to cloud computing, with experts predicting those numbers to double by 2020.
The cloud is redefining the way small businesses do business. To learn more about why your business should use the cloud, check out this slideshow from Maryland Computer Service.
Small businesses face a number of unique challenges not felt by their larger competitors. But when it comes to computing, cloud services have helped level the playing field. With nearly 40 percent of SMBs currently embracing cloud technology, and experts predicting those numbers to double by 2020, there’s never been a better time to make the move. In case you need more reasons to move your small business to the cloud, the following slides present nine of the best.
- COST SAVINGS The high price of hardware may be out of reach for many small businesses. With on-site technology, including software, servers, and computers, equipment is traditionally purchased, installed, managed, and maintained by IT personnel. In addition to the strain on IT resources, valuable office space, high energy costs, and replacement fees add even more to capital expenditure costs. By migrating part, or all of your business functions to the cloud, you can expect significant cost savings, essentially transferring those capital expenditures to your cloud services provider.
- AUTOMATIC UPDATES In addition to taking care of management and maintenance of the IT infrastructure, software updates and renewals are included in your cloud subscription and handled by the vendor. This means your system will always be up to date, with cutting-edge technology, including security patches and upgrades.
- BANDWIDTH FLEXIBILITY Companies with changing or growing demands will appreciate the flexibility of cloud computing, easily scalable to meet increasing or decreasing bandwidth demands.
- DATA RECOVERY Cloud-based recovery and backup solutions can help your business get back on its feet quickly and easily in the event of a disaster, relieving your organization from dealing with the complexities associated with disaster recovery management.
- FREEDOM With cloud computing, employees can work from virtually anywhere with an Internet connection, enhancing productivity. With the prevalence of mobile app solutions, users are not restricted by device, increasing flexibility and freedom even further.
- SECURITY Lost or stolen devices are a financial hit, but the information they contain is much more valuable. Thanks to cloud computing, you no longer need to sacrifice security for mobility, with solutions designed to enhance your defense system, due to the stringent ISO security standards that cloud providers are held to. Regular security audits, updates, encryption and security certificates, and remote data wiping heighten security even further.
- COMPETITIVE EDGE The pay-as-you-go model of cloud computing means SMBs no longer need to pay big money to access the same IT infrastructure as their larger competitors. Cloud business applications provide the tools and computing power needed to remain competitive in today’s marketplace, with a reduced risk factor, which allows SMBs to act much faster than bigger, more established firms.
- REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT Cloud computing is an eco-friendly solution, where shared data centers utilize fewer machines to achieve the same capacity as larger in-house infrastructures. This leads to a reduction in energy usage, greater equipment efficiency, and consolidated climate control costs.
- ACCESSIBLE Providing your teams the ability to access, edit and share information anytime, anywhere, significantly enhances collaboration capabilities, with real-time updates and increased visibility.
Steve Johnson is the owner of Maryland Computer Service Inc. For over a decade, he has been helping businesses with HIPAA compliance and various other IT support services.