Whether we realise it or not, most of us are using cloud computing every day, and not just at work either. From sifting through your Facebook feed to checking out your recommended purchases on Amazon, you’re tapping right into the cloud. Simply put, cloud computing means that rather than data being stored on hard drives or on internal servers, it is saved in a centralised location on the internet that makes it accessible at any time, anywhere, and from any device.
In the workplace, the cloud can be used for a whole host of purposes, such as storing and sharing documents, file backup, and monitoring all web and email traffic to ensure that it’s virus-free – in fact, there are so many benefits to using cloud computing that it’s no surprise that so many businesses have fully embraced the cloud.
So, if you’re not on the bandwagon yet, what could cloud computing do for your business?
It just doesn’t cut it anymore to have data that can only be accessed from a single server – with an increased demand for flexible working and remote working, it is crucial for information to be accessible at any time of day from anywhere in the world. Information being available on the cloud enables access to communication and collaboration tools as well as work documents, meaning employees cut the amount of time on unnecessary communications.
Using a cloud-based service can help your business save money by reducing costs on managing and maintaining expensive IT systems, lowering energy consumption, and eradicating the need to pay for IT experts to exclusively manage the infrastructure. Rather than having to spend money on hardware that might not even get used, implementing a cloud system means only having to pay for what you need, helping you stretch your budget further.
Installing new software, updating plugins, upgrading to the latest version, watching out for security threats… there’s a lot to keep track of when it comes to staying up to date with your business IT. Using a cloud server takes away the hassle as everything is handled externally and updates are rolled out automatically, freeing up your staff to focus on what really matters.
It’s so much easier for your employees to work as a team when they are operating on a system that allows them to sync, edit and share information in real-time. It speeds up processes when a business is using a cloud-based system as everyone is kept on the same page – for example, with our Time and Attendance cloud solution, line managers can approve or reject leave requests as soon as they come in, and can see the bigger picture as all of the vital information is stored in one place.
The cloud is one of the safest ways to store data, with 57 per cent of companies saying that it has provided better data security for their business. Small businesses in particular can be the preferred targets of hackers due to them typically being less protected, but a reputable cloud provider will offer you a safe and secure system with automated backup of all of your data.
If you’d like to find out more about how our world class cloud operations could benefit your business, give us a call on 01904 565 919 or drop us an email.