Cloud Computing has become the cornerstone of every contemporary business organization and company. It has helped the way we do business and is the supporting technology that enables employees to work wherever and on whatever device they choose.

Workplace flexibility is only one of the advantages of cloud computing. It offers several other benefits as well:

Access

When setting up staff to work from home, you want there to be as few interruptions as possible. One of the ways you can make this happen is by accessing critical applications through the cloud. Rather than storing information on a computer or a server in your office, cloud computing stores data on the internet, allowing for easy access from anywhere on any device. The more integrated your business is with the cloud, the more seamlessly your staff will be able to work outside of the office while remaining just as productive.

Collaboration

One of the reasons why many of us prefer an office type work environment for our business is to facilitate collaboration between employees. People need to work together for any business to be successful, and that requirement doesn't change when working from home.

Having the right communication and collaboration tools in place becomes more critical when (part of) your team works remotely. Luckily, the cloud gives you many of the tools you need to make it work. For example, it allows teams to work on the same documents simultaneously, with changes being saved instantly. And through tools such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Hangouts, employees can (video) chat and collaborate nearly as effectively as if they were in the office.

Scalability 

For most companies, growth is the ultimate goal. Being able to move forward, drive more revenue, take on competitors, and being able to flourish is paramount to survival. To accomplish this, your business needs to be able to adapt and grow both physically and technologically.

The state of a company is never static. In good times businesses will have more employees and will require more data handling, processing, and storage. In bad times, the opposite is true.

Cloud computing allows you to easily upscale or downscale your IT requirements while saving you from sometimes significant capital investments. It enables employees working from home to use their own devices without incurring additional hardware costs. And that server that you thought you were going to need to accommodate extra data storage? You might just be able to save your business several thousands of dollars by taking that item of your purchase list.

But What About Security? 

Despite concerns you might have about security, cloud computing can actually improve your business' overall security levels.

You can be sure that for mayor players like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, IT security is one of the highest priorities and that they have tasked some of the most talented minds with it. Their IT security budget as a % of cost far outperforms that of most SMBs.

Cloud vendors know that they must do their part, but in the end, if it is your business data that has been breached, you will have to answer to that customer and pay that fine. User-specific passwords and encryption of files will prevent attempts of unauthorized users to open files. Additionally, additional security measures can be implemented in the event of mobile devices or laptops being lost or stolen to avoid a security breach. These security measures should be in place in any business, regardless of how data is accessed or stored.

If you are considering moving some or all of your business applications to the cloud, download our Free Executive Brief here or call us at 845-237-2117 for a quick 10-minute discovery call. We're here, and we're ready to help.