In the world of information, technology change is constant and new technologies are being developed and seeing widespread adoption every day. You have to stay on top of your company’s technology infrastructure and the tools used to access your company’s data and software to stay competitive. Out-of-date systems and methods can cause you to lose sales and market share to your more current and agile competitors. One way of ensuring you take advantage of the newest technology is to implement more accessible systems such as cloud computing solutions.
Advantages of Cloud Computing
- Ease of Accessibility: a key advantage for your workforce when using cloud-based tools is the ease of access. With traditional systems, you need to go to an office and log into company hardware to access specific databases and tools. With cloud-based systems, all you need is a computer, internet access, and the proper log-on tools, such as the username, password, and VPN.
- Sharing of Data: a common hazard of many businesses with legacy systems is the sharing of important data and information. Often, such important business data will be isolated to specific databases in specific office locations. This makes data sharing a slow manual process where employees using out-of-date information becomes more likely. With cloud-based systems, data is centralized and updated in real-time. This ensures your employees always have access to the most current information and any changes are recorded in real-time and seen by everyone as they occur.
- Efficient: cloud-based tools are highly efficient, offering data redundancy and high levels of security. Plus, cloud systems are updated regularly, keeping your tools and the associated data both secure and safe. Also, using a cloud system means you don’t have to invest in hardware, database systems, regular upkeep, and maintenance.
- Scalable: with cloud-based systems, you can scale them up or down as needed. This is highly useful if your company has a busy season or enters into a large-scale project. This allows you to expand your systems to handle these tasks and scale them back once finished without a large-scale investment of business capital.
- Strategic Value: cloud computing offers several advantages to your business. The increased flexibility allows you to create a more mobile workforce which can reduce the need for central office space, improving your employee pool while reducing overhead. Cloud software is also managed by an outside third-party meaning your tools are always current, and you do not have to manage the updates.
Old technology and software can certainly still be useful. However, these legacy tools should serve a specific function or meet a need not matchable by modern systems. With cloud-based systems and tools, you gain access to the newest technology and also gain the advantage of your IT department being able to focus on other tasks of higher importance. Money is also saved by not having to manage your hardware or spend the time and money improving on your more common software platforms. The advantages gained by switching to a cloud-based system are well worth the effort needed to migrate to them from your existing platforms.