Off The Ground And Into The Cloud
You own a business and now you want to take a leap of faith and move your systems and processes to the cloud. But before you pull the trigger, you still have many open questions related to the “cloud” story. Is it safe? Secure? What are the costs? Ultimately, you are trying to figure out one thing: Is moving to the cloud a smart move? Could it help my business run more efficiently? Let’s take a look at some key benefits and challenges of transitioning to the cloud.
Why invest in the cloud?
Investment in cloud technology has many payoffs. For a relatively low upfront investment, you can enjoy the benefits of flexibility, cost predictability and easy scalability that the cloud offers. This is because cloud allows for fast entry and exit with minimal risk to your business, or damage to your budget.
Pay as you go
Cloud software as a service (SaaS) offerings allow you to pay for software as you use it rather than making a big upfront investment for a product that might turn out to be unsuitable for your business or fails to adapt to your needs. You can easily predict and manage the monthly costs of cloud SaaS. Switching out a large upfront investment and unpredictable maintenance costs for a manageable monthly payment can free up cash for other areas of your business, allowing you to focus on growing or enhancing your enterprise. You also have fewer worries in terms of budgeting for unforeseen accidents that may affect your service, as you aren’t responsible for the cost of maintaining the cloud servers.
Agility and scalability
Business is always unpredictable. Being able to respond to the changing needs of your clients, and respond quickly, is crucial. Cloud services give you the agility you need to respond to these changes. It also makes it easier for your business to grow, as you can quickly update cloud-based systems to meet the increased needs of an expanding business.
Is moving to the cloud difficult?
As with any overhaul of systems, moving to the cloud comes with a learning curve. The benefit of the cloud is that this learning curve is easier. Like many things in life, you simply need to learn and adapt to change. However, partnering with the right company and its affiliates can help you manage, and speed up, this learning process. How? Comprehensive support offerings help you come to grips with your new cloud systems, offering the benefit of leveraging best practices to make the journey even easier. The transition can be completed quickly, without your business suffering the damaging effects of long periods of downtime.
Moving to the cloud can make your business more efficient. Cloud solutions require low investment and present predictable monthly costs. No matter how large or small your business, you will benefit from these attributes as it allows you to focus your time on growth and achieving competitive differentiation, as opposed to resources on things like IT support. And as your business grows, you can more easily respond to changing market conditions. You will be able to overcome complexities in the workplace and build a simpler path to growth. With so many business efficiency benefits, can you afford not to move to the cloud?