5 Reasons to Be Thankful for the Cloud

On November 3rd, 2015, posted in: small-business-IT by Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Be Thankful for the Cloud

Well, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and this time of year, many of us reflect upon all things we are thankful for. Here at Ontech Systems, we’re thankful for a great job, incredible friends, our loving families and…the Cloud. Wait. What?

5 reasons to be thankful for the cloud

Yes, it’s true. If you can’t say you’re thankful for the Cloud this year, then you are truly missing out on something BIG and it’s time to take your business on a pilgrimage…to the Cloud.

Many businesses, from tech startups in Silicon Valley to urban mom and pop shops, are jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon – and for good reason.

Today, an estimated 37% of small businesses within the US have fully adopted cloud computing in their business. Intuit released a 2014 study predicting this will more than double to 80% by the year 2020.

Simply put, the Cloud is redefining the way companies do business.

Still not entirely sure what the Cloud is? No problem, here are 3 things you need to know.

These are the top 5 reasons why other businesses are migrating to the Cloud – and why your business should too.

1) Lower Costs with the Cloud

cloud-computing-milwaukee-wiBusinesses are always interested in lowering their costs; so naturally, this is the most obvious of benefits. IT systems often require an investment in hardware and along with that, additional capital is required for upkeep and maintenance.

In the Cloud, IT resources and applications are managed offsite and you typically only pay for the services you use.

Through virtualization, you can increase the value of your physical server hardware and do more with less.

Lastly, with less hardware, comes less risk of unexpected costs due to a hardware failure. This makes your business IT budget much easier to project. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

2) Flexibility to be Mobile

The cloud allows you to be mobile (like the pilgrims)Much like the Pilgrims, (although in an entirely different way that would shock even the most forward-thinking Pilgrim), we live in a mobile world. Now that remote workers and flexible working arrangements are the norm, we need access to work-related files and information, when and where we need it. The days of storing files on a single computer are long gone.

Through Cloud computing, employees can work from outside the office and small business owners can manage their business anytime, anywhere.

With the BYOD (bring your own device) trend spreading rapidly through businesses of all sizes, Cloud computing can lead to even more cost savings. If you allow employees to work on their own devices, this reduces the need for additional hardware costs for the business – and increased employee productivity to boot!

3) It’s Scalable

Unlike hardware that eventually becomes outdated, The Cloud grows WITH your business. Imagine the flexibility of scaling your IT infrastructure up or down, depending on your business needs. This opens up a cornucopia of possibilities for growth without expensive hardware purchases or upgrades!

Need more RAM or hard space? Simply put in the request with your Cloud provider or IT staff and you’ll have your resources – often in a matter of minutes. It’s truly technology on demand.

4) Improved Collaboration

Cloud file syncA study by Frost and Sullivan revealed that companies who invested in collaboration technology saw a ROI of 400%.

Business Cloud services bring your Milwaukee area business the possibility of real-time business collaboration. Employees can save access and collaborate on the same master document.

Want more efficiency in your business? Small business owners and managers can track and manage individual progress on assignments.

Concerned that business documents will end up in the wrong hands? Employers have the option of limiting what documents employees can access – and which employees can access it.

5) Quickly Recover from a Disaster

Want to significantly speed up your disaster recovery efforts?

A study by Aberdeen Group revealed that businesses running in the Cloud were able to recovery from a disaster in just 2.1 hours, versus 8 hours for businesses who were not using Cloud service providers for their disaster recovery needs. That same study revealed that medium sized businesses were able to recover TWICE as quickly as larger businesses.

There’s one thing for certain, the way we do business is constantly changing. We want information on-demand, when and where we need it. The Cloud makes this possible and ultimately, it just makes your life easier. And it’s only going to get better from here as new Cloud computing technology develops over time.

Ready to Make Your Pilgrimage to the Cloud?

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