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Everything you need to know about IT and technology

Written by Emily Gam
on July 19, 2016

There are some areas of business that always cause headaches for both staff and management, the majority of these problems always come back to that magic word: productivity.

So what if you could solve five problems with one solution and simultaneously increase productivity? No, this isn’t a trick question, it’s possible and it’s all thanks to technology, specifically the cloud.

Here are 5 common problems that can be solved by moving your business to the cloud.

You’re experiencing a lot of downtime in your business

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.

You keep losing data!

Having old and out of date technology puts your data at risk, whether through failing hardware or software that is no longer supported and is vulnerable to attack.

The cloud can also provide a safe space to save all your data, just make sure the provider in question has multiple data centres and keeps the data stored in Australia.

As with any service you must make sure that a provider isn’t cutting corners just to save a few extra bucks.

You don’t have a Disaster Recovery Plan

There’s been a big increase in awareness around businesses having a DR Plan lately. Still, there are many business owners who haven’t got an effective DR Plan in place, or are still confused as to what a DR Plan actually includes. A Disaster Recovery Plan is a complete plan that outlines what the financial impact of a disaster will be on your business and provides a process to bring your systems back online in the most efficient way, having the least impact on your bottom line. Data recovery is sometimes confused with a Disaster Recovery Plan, but while data recovery may be able to save some files, they can’t put all your processes back in working order.

Moving to a cloud platform that provides a DR Plan for your business can take the headaches out of having to organise one yourself. A good cloud provider will have multiple data centres, so that in the event of a disaster, like a fire breaking out, the second data centre will have your business data ready to go.

You and your employees are chained to your desks

Technology such as cloud computing allows you to access your business from anywhere, this means employees can be sent out on-site to offer consulting style services. This kind of flexibility allows you to have all information and applications on hand, build better relationships with clients, add more value, and ultimately generate a higher profit margin.

The cloud can also allow you to offer employees flexibility, whether that is working from home, working outside standard business hours or staggering starting times.

Your office is having issues with communication/collaboration

The problem lies in making communication and collaboration an easy process, if working together on a project is an arduous task for employees, they will avoid it. The solution to this is to make collaboration an easy and enjoyable process. Use the Cloud and collaboration tools together to enable employees to work together anytime, anywhere.

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.

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