According to a recent survey carried out by Microsoft, it seems that 78% of small businesses will be moving to the cloud by 2020. What’s more, 82% of companies experienced lower operating costs last year thanks to cloud computing. It’s not just lower costs that are persuading the majority of small to medium businesses to move to cloud computing but compliance and security benefits provide another great reason to make the jump.
In 2011 when Office 365 launched, many businesses were quite slow to choose the software as a service model. Most still preferred to install actual discs on their computers instead. Fast forward to today and over 120 million businesses worldwide have now adopted this cloud service and continue to benefit from the numerous apps, always-on security and on-going updates.
Despite the many advantages of moving to the cloud, we find that many small to medium businesses are still cautious to make the switch. For this reason, we’ve put together 4 great motives to embrace moving to the cloud rather than fearing it.
1. Ensured security & compliance
Security and compliance are one of the most important aspects for an online business, especially now – thanks to the new data regulation law known as GDPR that was recently introduced. With cloud computing solutions, your business can more easily control, add and audit your security policies across all company data. For example, let us help you get set up with an email backup system, as a great archiving and security solution.
2. Boost business productivity and communications
It’s been estimated that small to medium size businesses that adopt cloud collaboration tools can boost their work productivity by a whopping 400%! This is because in the modern workplace, when it comes to working on projects, flexible ways are needed to collaborate and communicate – a need that cloud computing nicely fills. For example, storing all business files in the cloud means that you or your employees can easily access them wherever you are in the world (as long as you have a strong Wi-Fi connection) and allows you to get to work, boosting productivity levels. What’s more, being able to quickly communicate via instant messenger or over a conference call, helps to keep you connected while on the move.
3. Flexibility, mobility & scalability
As you may already be aware, on-site solutions are often tricky to scale on demand with technical expertise and hardware replacements being costly. Not to mention that it leaves your employees somewhat restricted to an office or company-owned device.
Cloud computing eliminates all these pain points. As a quick example, small businesses can easily increase their cloud resources during busier times and just as easily decrease again during consumer down-time. With this pay-as-you-go service, it means that costly IT resources are never wasted and your workers have much greater flexibility.
4. Future-proof your business with cloud computing
Harvard Business stated in a recent study that 74% of businesses feel that cloud computing has given them a competitive advantage. This is because moving to the cloud allows small to medium businesses to thrive as they can now benefit from a number of solutions that were previously only accessibly for the enterprise market. Cloud services are specifically designed to help small to medium businesses rather than working against them, helping save time and money. What’s more, if your competitors are excelling in the cloud then you need to be too!
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