Four Ways your Small Business can Adopt the Cloud in 2015
With the end of the year approaching, some of us are thinking about what to make for Thanksgiving while others are creating holiday wishlists and shopping lists. As a business owner, however, it’s not a bad time for you to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolution. After all, every year should be better than the last.
Becoming more technologically secure and integrated is a great place to begin improving, especially since corporate spending on IT initiatives is expected to boom next year. If you want to stay in the game, you should consider your upgrades as well. The cloud is a solid place to invest – and there are many ways you can do that.
Tired of going from computer to computer to upgrade software? Worried that not everyone in the office is on the same page? Hosted apps can solve these issues. There are cloud-hosted apps for just about everything nowadays, from e-mail to document sharing to even phone apps. The best thing about them is that they update automatically and integrate fluidly so that communication amongst your employees is better than ever and everything on your work computers is easily accessible.
If you move your servers over to the cloud, your IT team will thank you again and again. Virtual servers make it easy to implement new apps and IT solutions without having to invest too much time or money. Plus, you can easily scale your servers up or down to meet the changing size of your business. Most importantly, though, virtual servers are secure and managed professionally, so security breaches are not something you’ll lose sleep over.
No more running to the office at 8pm on Thanksgiving to send an e-mail, check out website data, or perform any other number of emergency tasks. Hosted desktops keep all your data and applications in the cloud so that you can access them from anywhere – it doesn’t even have to be your work computer. Easily access, edit, and share files, use apps, and make sure everything is secure when you use a hosted desktop.
Whether you know it or not, landlines are a thing of the past. More and more businesses are turning to cloud-based phone systems for cheaper, more scalable, and more reliable phone service. These phones – like everything else cloud-based – can be accessed from anywhere as the lines can be forwarded to any phone when you’re out of the office. Give your employees a “work from home” day just after Christmas so they can spend time with their families, and no longer break a sweat when someone calls out sick. These phones stay in service whenever you have internet – which means you can use them from a café, if you need to – and can be answered from anywhere.
Don’t be the only business in 2015 that still uses antiquated technology. Maintain competitive positioning, ample customer service, and efficient processes. Make turning to the cloud your New Year’s Resolution.