Is Cloud Computing a Smart Business Move?

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Cloud computing might be one of the best things to have happened in the world of business in years, especially when it comes to small businesses. You may already know about the money-saving benefits of cloud computing - but what about the other benefits? 

Saving money isn’t always enough to sway some business owners. After all, it can take a lot of time and effort to make the transition, and there are a few unique risks that come with cloud computing for your business. We’re going to take a quick look at some of the major benefits of this path for your business, as well as some of the things that you’ll need to look out for if you do decide to lift your business to the cloud. 

Stronger Collaboration 

Office collaboration is easier with cloud computing. With all your documents in the cloud, there’s no need for everyone to view and edit a document one at a time. Cloud-based collaboration allows everyone to open the same document and make the changes they need to make, with real-time edits visible to all. 

A lot of businesses are seeing these benefits with the use of Google Drive. Microsoft Excel was once the standard in all offices when it came to spreadsheets. But Google Sheets offers increased flexibility and makes sharing and real-time collaboration much easier. You can read more about it at www.google.com/sheets. Excel isn’t quite as user-friendly, and real-time collaboration is a lot more complex. 

Less Complexity 

Cloud computing helps standardize things. Employees might need all kinds of different software, which is a real headache if you run into a technical issue. This can really slow down employee productivity to say the least. You’d have to get tech support to come and investigate that issue, or even call the software providers. 

With cloud computing, this isn’t as much of an issue. Because everyone’s work is centralized, any problem can quickly be tackled by the company providing the cloud infrastructure. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t need any assistance at your end. Cloud integration can be a fairly complex task for companies that have done the bulk of their work offline for a long time. You can read more about getting reliable IT assistance at www.qoverage.com. Most IT services will be very familiar with cloud integration needs, so consider getting in touch and running through your need with them before you try to take on integration by yourself. 

Downsides? 

It’s important to understand that cloud computing isn’t perfect business solution that many people make it out to be. Stability, security, and data ownership are often causes for concern. You can read more about data ownership controversies at www.dataconomy.com. If a particular service goes down and there are no offline solutions, it can leave your business unable to work, or prevent your customers using your service. 

These business worries will be lessened if you are very selective with what cloud company you work with. Go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb to ensure you own the entered data! Check customer reviews to make sure the reliability of a given service is in good standing.





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