Everyone talks about going into “The Cloud”, but how does this actually help you as a business owner or entrepreneur?
There are a number of specific ways you can enhance your productivity by using cloud technology within your business.
Here are a few of the ways cloud technology can increase your productivity:
1.) Being able to work remotely.
The remote nature of the cloud makes team collaboration as simple as it’s ever been – work can now be done at any time of the day from anywhere in the world. In the past, employees were only able to access software downloaded onto the desktop of their physical computer. If you look at your desktop now, there are probably a host of applications you can’t use unless you are physically in the office.
Cloud technology now allows us to use those same programmes using an internet connection, from anywhere on any device. When your applications are reliant on a shared computer network, you only end up restricting your staff and your business. This is where the cloud service called hosted desktop comes in to save the day.
What is hosted desktop? To put it simply, all the applications installed on your office computer are actually stored in the cloud, so whether you work from home or another location, you can carry on with your work as if you were in the office.
2.) Collaboration and connectivity.
Cloud computing improves team collaboration by ensuring your employees stay connected to the business and their colleagues no matter where they are in the world. Having access to a detailed overview of projects, files and emails on the go reduces the number of valuable working hours being wasted and increases efficiency within the business.
Another important benefit of using the cloud for your business is having a central file storage system. Employees won’t have to send files across the network resulting in a reduction of data transfer requirements, saving time and removing the hassle (and insecure nature) of sending files via email.
Simple aspects like sharing files seamlessly and working on projects using the same page will transform the way things get done in your business for the better.
3.) More flexibility and resilience to disaster.
It’s always interesting to witness how businesses adapt in an ever-changing business landscape (often years too late). Cloud computing allows you to stay as nimble as possible by giving you the flexibility to adjust to market conditions. This isn’t always possible when you use an on-site IT solution.
Using the cloud gives your business much more flexibility to adapt depending on your internal requirements and the growth of your business. As your internal demand rises or falls, you can tailor your cloud provision to your specific needs at that time. When you adopt the latest software solution as a small business, you’ll be able to address technological demands and keep up with your competitors readily.
Losing data due to a disaster in the office is a difficult situation for any business to recover from. The cloud is the easiest way to negate this risk. It protects your data with a safe backup always within reach, should a disaster ever cross your path. Many cloud platform providers offer a higher uptime rate than your average local server, and by using a multi-cloud approach with backups and offsite data stored on multiple clouds, your downtime can be reduced to minutes or even seconds.
4.) Having a more efficient workforce.
Time is money. When it takes employees longer to complete simple tasks, they are more likely to become less productive resulting in the business losing profit. Another major benefit to the cloud is how it can help you to accelerate the workflow in your business. With project management and client management tools, your employees work smarter and get more done in less time.
There’s no doubt about it, the business world is only getting more complex. The cloud offers you the opportunity to stay ahead and avoid the chaos while empowering your employees with the necessary tools they need to be as productive as they can be and help you succeed.
If you are considering adopting cloud technologies and practices into your business and need some advice, get in contact, and we can help you make the right decision.