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A Crossroad: Adopt the Cloud or Be Left Behind

A Crossroad: Adopt the Cloud or Be Left Behind

Our choices in the modern business world can really make or break our business. One of the biggest decisions businesses today are faced with is, whether or not to adopt the cloud. Here is some honest information about how moving to a cloud telephone system can transform your company and your client base.

“Cloud systems” have become somewhat of a buzzword in the business world, particularly in telecom, and it’s a bandwagon which has quickly become overcrowded with companies looking to be a part of the revolution.

However, the question still being asked by some many is: “What exactly is cloud technology?” Unlike old fashioned phone systems, there are numerous uses outside of making a phone call to a colleague or customer.

It can be very simply put, cloud phone systems are remarkable new models which are based on the internet. In the past, a caller or call receiver would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building; cloud computing enables access to the same kinds of applications through the internet. VoIP is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data, rather than using a local server or a personal computer.

Companies which are making the move to the cloud are finding it is transforming their business in ways they never could have imagined, ultimately creating significant bottom line improvements.

So how can the cloud revolution transform your business?

Cloud Computing Opens Doors to Better Communications

Cloud in the workplace is playing a crucial role in ensuring employees are kept in constant contact. According to hosted VoIP specialist, Tomas Dvorak from PMC Telecom in Manchester, UK, it has transformed how we will connect forever. “Working practices all over the world have been transformed as the cloud allows new and more efficient forms of collaboration,” said Dvorak. “This technology is not a luxury or something that you might think of as nice to have - it is a cornerstone of modern communication and it can, and will, make or break your business.”

Dvorak goes on to explain that many of us have been using the cloud all along, we just didn’t realize it—only in recent years have businesses decided to leverage the power of cloud communications to impact their bottom line.

Cloud Computing Drastically Reduces Your Costs

Henry Ford once said: "If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse." It is only now, as the cloud journey matures, that we can begin to see the full potential of how business models and working practices are transformed.

Cost efficiency has a huge impact on any business, and switching to the cloud has been proven to drastically alter the way money is spent. Not only is cloud computing cheaper to run (internet calls do not run up a phone bill) - there are countless features and options which 90% of businesses are taking advantage of with the cloud. Frankly, it’s a case of putting your head in the cloud or getting left behind.

If you are still spending money on old phone systems while other companies are reaping these savings, you’ll get left behind both in company expenditure and in technology.

Any Device, Any Place, Any Time

We live in a fast and mobile world, especially in the world of business. One of the most enticing benefits of cloud computing is being able to access work-related files, contacts and information from any device, anywhere, at any time. The days when large and important data was stashed away on a single server on one computer are a thing of the past.

Additionally, in this day and age, the workforce is more distributed than ever before. We are no longer restricted to employing local people, and have begun to cater to more remote workers, more flexible hours, and more mobile workplaces.

Cloud computing makes life much easier for employees to work wherever they need to and makes it possible for business owners to manage their business at any time of day, from anywhere, ensuring businesses are able to reach their full potential.

Nicole Yeager

About Nicole Yeager

Nicole is the Marketing Manager for Broadview Networks, now part of Windstream, where she enjoys marketing the latest technologies businesses can leverage to maximize productivity, improve security and reduce costs.

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