Why Small Businesses Should Use the Cloud
As of today, more than 30% of small businesses across America have migrated to the cloud, with that number expected to triple by 2020. Simply put, the cloud has revolutionized the way small businesses are run. Despite this, some businesses are still skeptical about the cloud. To contest this resistance, here are the top reasons that any and all small business owners should consider Elevated Tech’s Managed Cloud Solutions.
The first and most obvious reason is that moving to the cloud can save a lot of money in the long run. There are a few reasons for this, one of which is that cloud computing fully makes use of its hardware, while also increasing its value, meaning the business that owns said server can accomplish more with less. The outcome is that small businesses have lowered IT requirements, rack space, and power usage, among other things. The frankly invaluable result of this change is lower hardware, maintenance, installation, support and upgrade costs.
Because of the sharing capabilities of the cloud that are able to save one master document across several computers, more than one employee can work on the same project at once more efficiently and in real time. It also gives employees who have to leave the office but still need to work on something the ability to finish at home. Plus, managers can make sure their employees are in fact working on their assignments by being able to check in whenever they want.
One of cloud file sharing’s most tempting draws is the ability to access whatever you want from any device connected to the cloud. These days, accessing files, documents and other such work-related items when not in the office is essential, even for smaller businesses. Utilizing the cloud, managers can access essential files anytime, from anywhere, via a wide variety of devices, from smartphones to laptops. This can also be implemented as a cost-saving measure by having employees bring their own devices to work, saving the company money on electronics entirely. Plus, this allows employees to work on devices and interfaces they’re most comfortable with, meaning everyone wins.
With cloud-based business solutions come a wide range of chances for simple but effective integration. Small businesses that have adapted to the cloud receive the option of integrating with providers that work exclusively in the cloud. For instance, small businesses now have access to specializations on back-office operations that they had no knowledge of otherwise. These include specializations on human resources, marketing, and many others. This can give the owners of small businesses more time to focus on more critical operations of their business. In short, integration on this level frees up so much time for small business owners.
It cannot be overstated just how much help the cloud has been for small businesses in keeping up with the major players in this increasingly competitive market. The cloud has its downsides, yes, and can seem scary to the less informed. But for a small business owner trying to stay afloat, it is an invaluable tool that can help your company soar above your contemporaries.