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How the Cloud can help Your Business Survive Hurricane Season

Late summer thru mid-fall marks the dreaded hurricane season, which means that in a lot of regions, the potential for tropical storms is quite high. In the past, hurricanes have meant not only millions of dollars’ worth of property damage, but also lots of loss in working hours for businesses as well. Fallen trees, power outages, and dangerous driving conditions could all mean that your office needs to shut down for the day, but if you’re a company with a national or international reach, this is more than just a fun day off of work – it could have dire financial consequences.

This is why so many people are switching to the cloud. Even if you can’t physically be in the office for whatever reason – which happens a lot this time of year – you don’t have to lose connections with your clients. Here are a few ways that the cloud can help.

Easy Working from Home
Thanks to the cloud, it’s easy to work from home because all files can be accessed from anywhere. Whether you need to make edits on a time-sensitive case, get approval on a proposal, or collaborate on a presentation, everyone in the office can be on the same page, literally. You can even still have a meeting, even if it’s not in-person, by hosting one in a virtual conference room. Hold an HD video meeting and teleconference from anywhere with ease.

Don’t Miss Important Calls
In the past, power outages meant that office phones were down, which meant that any incoming calls were going unanswered and sometimes the callers couldn’t even leave voicemails. Thanks to cloud phone systems, all of this has changed. You can have your office phone line forwarded to your cell or home phone the night before a storm might hit. This way, you can still get calls from anywhere. You can even make calls from your office phone number by downloading an app for your smartphone or computer. Whether you’re about to close a deal with a client or you promised that you’d be in touch on a certain day, being able to access your cloud phone system from anywhere means that your customer service remains positive and you prove yourself to be reliable.

Stay in the Loop
So maybe you’ve been out of the office for several days now, and although you’ve been unable to work due to the storm, you want to get a head start on picking back up before you go back to the building. Thankfully, the cloud allows you to check your e-mail and voicemail from virtually any phone or computer, since it’s not stored in your physical electronics but rather on the internet. Find out who needs to be called back and what’s been approved so you’re not totally overwhelmed upon your return.

Russ Fordyce

About Russ Fordyce

Russ is the Managing Director of Marketing at Broadview Networks where he works to help consultants and business owners better understand and put technology to use so they can transform how their employees get work done and improve results.

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