In recent years, cloud computing has completely transformed all areas of personal and business life – everything from how we watch media to how we communicate and collaborate at work. However, despite the tremendous advantages offered by cloud computing – and the fact the world’s biggest firms have already made the shift – it seems some companies are still hesitant to take the plunge.
If you’re still in limbo in terms of trying to decide whether a move to the cloud could benefit your firm, read on for some compelling reasons how cloud integration could supercharge your firm, improve efficiency and empower your staff.
Enhanced IT service provision
Not long ago, professional IT services were the preserve of only the world’s richest firms. Setting up and running an internal network is expensive and these costs only served to widen the divide between small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their rivals, with larger companies taking exclusive advantage of the considerable benefits IT integration could bring.
Cloud computing levels the technology playing field, making it possible for even the smallest of firms to embrace digitalization and benefit from increased connectivity. Moreover, it hands back control to smaller firms to compete effectively against their much larger rivals with access to powerful (but previously prohibitively expensive) hardware and software, which democratizes the digital landscape.
Setting up and running networks is an expensive business. By partnering with a cloud provider, you’ll offset these overheads, instead reducing them to a monthly fee, which is much more manageable than budgeting for in-house capabilities.
By 2025, the costs of cybercrime are forecast to tally a terrifying $10.5 trillion globally. In truth, if your firm has any exposure on the web (even just simple email services or web browsing), you are at risk of falling victim to a cyberattack. By working with a cloud provider, you’ll automatically access round-the-clock support from qualified IT technicians and security advisers whose sole duty is to preserve the integrity of your precious company data.
The peace of mind of automatic backups and on-demand help
Unfortunately, the risks posed by online criminality are a constant threat and the tactics used by hackers grow ever more sophisticated and devious, almost by the day. Service providers and software companies are in a constant battle against cybercriminals and, while responsible development firms take every step possible to protect data, sometimes the worst can (and does) happen. At least with a cloud computing company on board, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a team of specialists ready to help you get back on your feet again – plus the added security of an automated backup to rely on should a full reinstall be required.
Other considerable advantages of cloud networking
The advantages of moving to the cloud are too many to list here, but other benefits include scalability, increased efficiency, collaborative working, centralization, automated workflows, remaining competitive and benefiting from a truly mobile workforce.