Someone telephone the government and tell them to hold fire on the high speed railway as it may not be needed after all! That is how big the impact of the cloud is likely to be to the nation over the next few years. The argument for running a business on the cloud is compelling.
So what is this cloud that everyone is talking about. Well, it equates to a virtual office that is internet based. Employees are able to collaborate in real time, just as they would in a physical office, without leaving their homes. Even when people are not at home, they can work from anywhere with an internet connection.
If you are considering basing your business in the cloud but are unsure if it is right for you, here are five reasons I think you would be wise to make the switch sooner rather than later.
As mentioned earlier, the office can be reached from anywhere in the world if required. As long as you are able to connect to the internet, it makes no difference to the business whether you are in England or China; the office is available to you. The same goes for your employees, as long as working hours are set and adhered to, the office can function from their homes as if it were physical.
The benefits in cost savings are often the determining factor for businesses turning to the cloud. Here is a list of typical savings that a company can expect to make:
No property rental charges.
No business rates to pay.
Much office software is provided for no charge.
No servers to buy.
No office maintenance.
No utility bills to pay.
The list is endless and, needless to say, the savings can run into many thousands of pounds over a year.
There are many different applications that can be based in the cloud. For the basic office tasks, SkyDrive and Google Docs provide you with the more common word and excel sheets. There’s also cloud based HR Software from Peoplehr.com that can really help organise and manage your business. This software supports small and large businesses meaning that you don’t have to panic if your growing at a rapid pace!
There has been a lot in the news recently about security vulnerabilities on the internet. With the best antivirus and antimalware programs installed on a local network, it can still fall victim to attacks that will cost you dearly in business and, potentially equipment. By basing your network on the remote servers of a cloud provider, it is much safer. Giants such as Microsoft and Google are in a much stronger position to protect your information, than you are. Your only security responsibility is to create strong access passwords.
With cloud based businesses, the best people from all over the world can be sourced. This means that you can employ the best man, or woman, for the job no matter where they may be. Before the cloud businesses were limited by access to the best talent. Now the borders of the world will be broken down at last, and business is free to fly.
The world has been digitised and, in order to compete, companies are going to be forced to work from cloud based operations. The cost savings are simply too great to ignore. It is hard to see how a company with a physical presence can compete with another company doing the same job but with few, if any, overheads. So accept and embrace the cloud and get one step ahead of the competition.