5 benefits of cloud computing

5 benefits of cloud computing

Written on November 15, 2016 at 08:49 AM By Emily Gam

The cloud has been around for a while now and as solutions start to mature it’s probably a good time to assess the options that are available to you. If you’re still using on-site servers you could be opening your business up to risk and denying yourself of the benefits that cloud computing brings.

Collaboration

Using collaborative tools in the Cloud environment gives you the ability to communicate easily with your team outside of traditional methods. A project doesn't have to come to a grinding halt just because certain employees are out of the office, applications like Skype for Business allow employees to communicate wherever they are, as long as they have an internet connection. This is especially handy for businesses that have multiple offices, contractors or just want their different departments to interact more.

Productivity

Technology has helped to improve the ability for employees to collaborate and manage their time more effectively. Workplace productivity has increased an amazing 84% during the last 4 decades thanks to advancements in digital technology (study by O2 Business and CEBR).

Technology such as Cloud Computing can enhance productivity by standardising devices and systems, so all staff have the same experience.

A Cloud Platform can allow all your devices to access a Remote Desktop Server (Terminal Server). Connecting to a Remote Desktop basically means that your device becomes a ‘dummy’ device as all the hard work is done by the server.

A good Cloud provider will maintain all your software licencing and updates, so there is no internal time wasted chasing vendors and updating systems.

Accessibility

Being able to access your business from anywhere means you can work from anywhere! You don’t have to waste time waiting at the airport because you can’t access the latest file to work on, or stall a project because a key member is out of the office.

The accessibility of the cloud means you can manage your entire business effectively and efficiency, giving you time to take a step back and work on your business, not in it.

No more updates

There are many times in life when we think to ourselves, "that's 30 minutes of my life I'll never get back", and while 30 minutes in a lifetime isn't a big deal, 30 minutes every working day is.

If you’re staff are having to sit around and twiddle their thumbs because they can’t login or are waiting for updates your business is quite literally pouring money down the drain. Seriously, we’ve done the math!

A good cloud provider will perform all updates outside of business hours so you don’t have to waste time getting staff to perform IT updates and waiting for them to finish. Using the cloud also means you’re always on the latest version.

Scalability

The problems with a growing business using servers is that they have to guess how much they will have grown by in the next 5 years. Say you have a staff of 20 and you think you will probably double your staff within 5 years to 40 employees. Typically you keep your servers for 5 years, so in year 1 you need to buy enough server power for 40 employees, even though you may only have 20 for the next 2 years.

The Cloud means you only ever use as much as you need, paying per user means you can scale your IT as you need it, whether you are hiring new staff or downsizing.

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