By Allie Philpin
Talking to various small- and medium-sized businesses (SME’s), there is certainly an interest in moving across to the cloud but there is still a hesitation, and it is not just the security issues that are preventing SME’s from taking the plunge into cloud computing. Another issue appears to be that many SME business owners can’t see how their company will benefit from business cloud solutions. So, we thought we’d highlight some of the advantages of cloud computing for SME’s.
As popularity in cloud computing rises, vendors of cloud services are readying themselves for a big boom in uptake from SME’s and private consumers. Investing in IT infrastructures to stay competitive is an expensive process and one where costs continue to go up as more investment is needed as the company grows. Utilising the cloud, allows SME’s to reduce their IT costs yet stay efficient and effective in the business environment. SME’s want to grow and expand, and the economy could certainly do with the boost the expansion of SME’s brings. As business owners become more aware of sharing technology, platforms such as Google Drive and Dropbox, and start to use these platforms to share information, the ability to reach more potential customers also grows.
Paul Bryce, Business Development Director at Node4, said recently: “SME’s don’t want to manage IT equipment any more, it’s just too intensive from a resource perspective and from a monetary perspective, and it’s inflexible, as it won’t adapt itself to companies during a time of expansion. With an on-demand infrastructure, you can start with what you need today without worrying about tomorrow or the day after because the cloud can scale with you as and when needed.”
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing for SME’s is providing them with the ability to be able to compete with the big industry giants, and makes the playing field more level. But there are other advantages to moving across to cloud computing:
• Regular updates to the cloud software automatically, with little cost to the business.
• The potential for unlimited data storage capabilities, which can be expanded as the business grows.
• Better flexibility, leading to increased productivity and heightened efficiency.
• Automatic cross-referencing to deliver an easy-to-use back-end data management solution.
• Ability to access data within the cloud at any time, from any location, allowing businesses to spend more time focusing on their business strategies.
• And to address the security issues, the levels of data protection and security protocols have significantly improved, ensuring your data is safe.
So, come SME’s, take the plunge and move over to cloud computing; it could be the answer to releasing vital funds, improving productivity and efficiency, and delivering the boost your business needs.