Why the Cloud isn’t Just for Enterprise Businesses
As a small business interested in exploring the cloud and how it can benefit your business, you probably fall into one of three categories.
- We are fully utilizing the cloud and its capabilities for the majority of our business needs.
- We use some cloud solutions but haven’t fully implemented every aspect that could benefit our business.
- We’ve heard of the cloud, understand that many companies are using the cloud, but have no idea what it is.
What exactly is the cloud?
If you fall within that last category, here is a quick look at what you need to know: Simply put, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is basically a metaphor for the internet and most cloud services can be accessed through a Web browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari etc.)
A recent survey of over 1,000 technology managers released by RightScale Inc., a cloud management provider, showed that the typical enterprise business is using six cloud computing services.
How are small businesses using the cloud?
Small businesses have embraced the Cloud because it has many benefits, including:
- Reduced Cost – Less expenditure on hardware is a benefit to big and small businesses alike. Using the Cloud over physical file storage can save a significant amount of money.
- Ease of Use – Saving and accessing files on the Cloud is easy, making it an attractive option, even for non-technical small business owners. In fact, you’ve probably already used a cloud service without knowing it i.e. Facebook anyone?
- Scalability – The Cloud, and the way you use it, can grow and change as your business needs grow and change. As you add people, new locations and new technology, the cloud seamlessly moves with your business.
- Automation – The more you can automation in your processes, the more time you have to focus on your small business. Instead of having to invest in IT support to keep your file storage system updated and maintained, most applications that use the Cloud automatically update themselves.
Is it hard to move my small business to the cloud?
The good news is that it’s far easier for a small business to transition to the cloud than it is for a large business. At a small company, the founder or owner can simply move everyone over to Microsoft 365 at the flip of a switch. In fact, that smaller the business, the faster and less complicated the transition will be. Larger companies tend to have a harder time migrating to the cloud as they have more moving parts to consider like replacing old legacy applications, managing disruptions and handling downtime for training.
Business is Business
Whether you are running a mom and pop operation or are a Fortune 500 company, your goals are essentially the same: to grow your business as quickly and efficiently as possible while maximizing profits. The cloud enables all businesses to do more with less by reducing cost, fostering quick growth and collaboration while automating processes to give you time to focus on your company’s mission.