Nugget 39 – Cloud Computing for SMB’s

With cloud computing everything has been changing at a remarkable speed. It’s understandable that many SMB business owners are left somewhat confused as to how best proceed for their business.
It’s a tough call between wanting to keep up with the world, maintaining a competitive edge and not being able to fully justify moving to the cloud due to a lack of complete understanding.
The main question business owners usually ask is;
What’s the actual value for my business ?
Cloud-based services can help small businesses dramatically reduce their software and other computing costs. Storing files on a secure, reliable, cloud-based service helps eliminate backup worries and gives you anytime access to your files. Usually, cloud-based services are simple to use, the only things you need are a computer (or in some cases, a mobile handset), a browser, and an Internet connection.

Most SMBs have at least considered migrating to cloud computing and had concerns about the impact for their organisation. Many business owners wrongly think that their business systems may be too complicated to migrate to the cloud and that changing to the cloud is just unnecessary hassle.
Why Cloud for SMBs?

Among the reasons for the growing interest in cloud computing are:

  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • Predictability
  • Anytime/Anywhere access
  • Efficiency

Cloud-based computing helps resolve the issue of continually having to replace equipment in order to keep up with technology as this becomes the responsibility of the service provider. This means that you are free to focus on customers and business growth.
The great thing about cloud computing is that you get to maintain overall control but you don’t have to expend the same financial and staff costs nor do you have to panic if a server crashes and all your go emails down, with the cloud, disaster recovery services are plentiful meaning you can easily pick up email instantly via a webmail client allowing your business to remain operational.

Why cloud? Why not?
IT is evolving and the reality is if you don’t keep up you get left behind.
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