It’s a bit cloudy and rainy in Bath today, so it’s may seem a bit funny that we are talking about cloud services in today’s blog. Clouds don’t always mean a dreary day (well, maybe the grey ones do); in fact, in the technology world the cloud means lower cost options and greater efficiency for running a business.
Businesses are really starting to buy into using cloud services; we’ve known this for a while now and early last year we shared five examples of how cloud computing can make a difference for the smaller business. It’s perfect timing to revisit those reasons now as we’ve recently upgraded our Gradwell Cloud services by launching Cloud Safe (backup) and Cloud Drive (storage) to bring a full solution to the table.
These days, businesses must adapt to the behavioural changes brought on by a more mobile workforce. Let’s face it, we’re all connected, all the time and we need access to our information whilst on the move.
Using a cloud service to access your software and files whenever you need to gives you the benefit of less hassle and frees up your time. Using a solution that lets you complete office tasks with your mobile phone, laptop or tablet, makes working remotely even more efficient.
2. Lower costs
You won’t need to invest in and maintain expensive data centres yourself. Smaller businesses can make use of enterprise type technology without owning servers, paying expensive licence costs, or employing expensive IT staff with the know-how to upkeep it.
Businesses buying software on CDs need to manage the installations and upgrades themselves. Cloud computing makes it possible to purchase only what your company needs, which can lead to much lower costs in the long run and allow for scalability as your business grows.
Cloud services are perfect for working from anywhere as mentioned in the mobility section; your mobile team members have access to their desktop applications on the go. Now, with services such as Lync they also have an at a glance awareness of connecting to colleagues using voice, video or web conferencing. They can collaborate on projects and share information, thus boosting productivity by not having to wait around to find people or fill out paperwork once they finally return to the office.
We’re offering a 30-day free trial of Lync so right now is a great time to test it all out so right now is a great time to test it all out.
Devices such as laptops and phones are targets for thieves, but cloud computing brings two main security benefits, should you be unlucky enough to misplace yours. Firstly, your documents are safely stored in the cloud, so your company’s private data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Also, you can be up and working again without delay, it’s just a case of getting your hands on another device.
5. Business Continuity
Businesses often suffer if employees are unable to reach the office due to factors such as severe weather or public transport closure. With cloud computing this burden can be greatly reduced. In our own company, if roads are closed because of flooding, some employees are able to use personal equipment that which allows them to login and function as if they’re in the office. This adds up to minimum disruption to customers, minimum cost to the business and no unnecessary risks for staff.
Maybe it’s time to revolutionise how you run your business with the cloud; switching to a cloud-based service is a fantastic way to refresh and update your business without any of the hassle that usually comes with change. Gradwell offers a full suite of cloud products, meaning everything you need can be managed in one, easy migration.
For more information about any of the services mentioned in this article check our website or give our sales team a call on 01225 800 808.