6 ways cloud computing can drive business efficiency and scalability
Cloud computing has redefined and transformed the way businesses operate today. The cloud has provided a way of managing your IT online, in an on-demand, pay-as-you-go environment - from servers and storage, to applications, software, analytics and so much more.
For business leaders, the benefits of implementing cloud computing are significant, with a huge emphasis on lowering operating costs, unlocking efficiencies, boosting productivity and enabling your business to seamlessly scale.
To highlight the benefits cloud computing could bring to your company, Darren Auchnie, one of our Systems Engineers, has shared his insights and expertise…
1. Enhanced security and easy data recovery
“If your data and information records are stored in the cloud, it is easier to protect and retrieve it - compared to when it is stored at a local level, where it’s more susceptible to data leaks, theft or breaches.
“With an effective cloud-based storage solution, you not only enhance your security, but also avoid expensive means of data recovery.
“While there are some concerns around data protection, cloud computing can ultimately give your business access to professionally-managed back-ups for your entire business.”
2. Efficient remote working
“This is a very relevant benefit right now, as companies across the globe have had to rapidly transition to mass remote working.
“Cloud computing provides your workforce with flexibility - both in and outwith the workplace. Your employees can access and share files and documents anywhere at any time, providing they have an internet connection - enabling them to effectively work from home, while travelling, or on-the-go, as well as from within the office itself.”
3. Reduced hardware, software and operational costs
“Using cloud-based tools can help you to significantly cut the cost of purchasing, maintaining and upgrading IT equipment and systems.
“With its pay-as-you-go nature or scaleable subscription models, cloud computing will help you to save operational costs and reduce the level of IT expertise required in your business - as maintenance and upgrades can be managed externally by your cloud service provider.”
4. Increased collaboration and productivity
“There are a huge range of cloud-based tools and apps designed to help teams efficiently collaborate and execute tasks faster. From Microsoft Teams, where you can chat and work with colleagues, to OneDrive or SharePoint, where people can access and work simultaneously on documents - you no longer have to be in the same room to work well as a team.”
5. First-class tools and technology
“Cloud computing can give you access to the latest, best-in-class technology for your business, which had previously only been available for large enterprises as they are costly to buy outright.”
6. Easy-to-scale IT infrastructure
“The cloud enables you to easily scale your IT requirements, as and when required. Whether you require more or less resources, you can almost instantly adapt with cloud computing. This is a stark contract to scaling on-premises infrastructure, which can take days or weeks and can disrupt your workflow.
“‘Agile’ is a word often used when discussing cloud computing, as it allows operational agility in terms of increasing or decreasing your cloud services according to your business needs, without interrupting your day-to-day operations. It also supports your business growth without requiring expensive changes to your current IT systems.”
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