Businesses can thrive or fail based upon the technology they choose. That makes software and application choices all the more important. The right choice helps your staff be more productive and collaborative, the wrong one can mean you’re left in the dust by your competition.
The platforms that have been transforming business workflows in the past few years are cloud-based. In fact, more companies of all sizes are leaving traditional software behind and moving to cloud computing.
83% of enterprise workloads will be cloud-based by 2020. (Forbes)
At Technical Evolutions we’ve seen firsthand the movement toward cloud services by companies in Chicagoland and around the world. Whether it’s moving to cloud-based data backup solutions, switching from MS Office offline to Office 365, or using help desk programs with mobile capability, we’ve helped clients move to the cloud to improve productivity and reduce costs.
So, what is “the cloud” exactly and how can it benefit your company? Read on to find out!
What is The Cloud?
“The Cloud” is a general term used for all types of cloud-based platforms, and refers to resources that are accessed via the internet and hosted on remote servers rather than on your own locally based device.
For example, if you use a desktop version of QuickBooks, it’s installed onto your computer hard drive and can only be accessed when you’re using that particular system. All files are stored locally. It’s not cloud-based.
If you use QuickBooks online, a cloud-services platform, you access it via a browser window and can log in to your QuickBooks from any computer or mobile device using the URL and log in information. Files are stored on remote servers owned by the software provider, and typically more than one to ensure continuity.
Some of the more popular cloud-based services are:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Microsoft Office 365
- Google G Suite
- QuickBooks Online
How Can My Company Benefit from Cloud Services?
While it can initially be daunting to switch to a new platform, we find that once our clients make the switch to cloud computing, they never want to go back.
Technical Evolutions works with businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and residential clients and we find that all of them love the flexibility and collaboration of cloud services.So, what are the advantages that are going to help your business grow and thrive? Here’s the key benefits you’ll find when you switch to the Cloud.
Better Accessibility to Your Data
Have you ever been working at home on the weekend and wished you had that particular file to work on, but it’s on your computer at work? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get to the files you needed, from anywhere?
That flexibility is a huge game changer. When you use cloud-based applications, your data and programs are accessible from any internet connected device, giving you much more flexibility and making your life easier.
It’s often less expensive to use a cloud-based application rather than hosting it on your own webserver. Not only can you reduce IT operating costs, you also don’t have the deal with the headache of server issues and having to deal with them.
Technical Evolutions offers affordable and scalable cloud services for businesses, giving you the technological power you need without the hassles.
If all your data and systems to run them are located at a single office location, if something happens, like a fire, flood or other natural disaster, it can put you out of business for weeks. Even a heavy snowstorm that keeps your employees from getting to work can mean a day of sales opportunities lost.
When you take advantage of cloud computing, your data is securely stored offsite, so it’s safe should a disaster strike and you can recover in hours or days rather than weeks or months. And in the event of inclement weather, your team can easily access the applications they need from the safety of their homes, keeping your business going.
Promotes Team Collaboration
It’s been found that when staff have tools that promote collaboration, they’re more productive. Cloud solutions were made to enable people working together from different locations and being able to comment on a file, message and share data, and stay up to date on a project’s timeline. All fluidly and with less time than it takes sending and sorting tons of back and forth emails.
Gives You Staffing Flexibility
Is one of your best employees moving out of state? Would you like to try hiring in another country? With the constraints of traditional office software, remote working and the flexibility of hiring abroad isn’t easy. But by using cloud-based services, the world is opened up to you.
You can have workers video conference just as easily as visit a physical meeting room. So no longer do you have to be constrained by geography when it comes to choosing the best team members. You can also offer opportunities like flex-working from home or send more sales people on the road without them being disconnected from your office.
Start Benefitting from Cloud Services Today!
Whether you’re looking for a better backup and recovery solution, need more mobile flexibility for your workflow, or want to lower your IT costs, Technical Evolutions can help!
We’re experts in cloud computing and can help you take full advantage of its benefits. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, reach out online or call 708-540-6201.