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6 Reasons to move to the cloud (if you haven’t already.) 

Before we continue to unpack the ins and outs of ISO standards this week, we wanted to take a step back and talk a little bit about why we do what we do. It may sound simple, but we believe shifting to the cloud is the best way to ensure your business maintains its competitive edge.  

Cloud services and SaaS products streamlinprocesses and increasaccessibility in a world where productivity is a prioritised measure of success. In the past, people would run applications or programs from downloads on a fixed location server. Inconvenient downloads are no longer necessary, instead you can now use your services online, from anywhere and see updates in real time. Not only does this expand remote working opportunitiesit also provides controls and accesses to those working in difficult off-site areas. Organisations previously hindered by times zones and travel can now accelerate their productivity through the centralised structure of Microsoft 365. 

Cloud computing is the key to synchronised teamwork in our new hybrid working environments. It is the access key for users to view live data and share projects with ease. 

At Konsolute, we acknowledge that for young business starting their cloud journey, this digital space can seem daunting. Using the cloud for storage can feel like a risk- the lack of tangibility for those used to physical hardware can be uncomfortable. So, let’s dive into how and why so many small businesses take advantage of cloud computing.

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1. Data protection and disaster recovery 

For small businesses that lack the required cash or expert knowledge, the reassurance of a data recovery system has felt more like a pipe dream. Cloud-based recovery solutions and data storage have come a long way since they first started and are now far more affordable. Recovery models are available in a variety of formats that save time, avoid large investment and recognise the need for third-party expertise.  

Lost hardware can be a costly business problem, but the lost data that occurs as a by-product is far bigger hit to company expenses. Cloud computing is the best way to mitigates security breaches if and when hardware is lost. Data stored in the cloud means you can access it no matter what happens to your machine.  

2. Operational Agility  

Cloud platforms are hyper-flexible, so when your needs increase, it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, cloud service providers like ourselves often offer short term contracts with movability built in. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over those who haven’t digitalised– it’s not surprising that businesses identify scalability as a key reason for cloud adoption.  

Forbes Magazine estimated that in 2020 up to 83% of companies were using cloud-based software to make their work easier and faster.

3. Cost effective 

Providing IT resources and on-demand applications over the Internet at usage-based prices is what most financially challenged start-ups are looking for. Younger businesses rarely have a huge amount of upfront cash to inject into their infrastructure, but cloud computing can cut out the high cost of traditional hardware. Cloud services and products such as the ones offered by Konsolute offer pay as you go, subscription-based models, to accommodate your cash flow. This combined with the ease of setup and end-to-end consulting means the cloud can give you great foundations for productivity. 

4. Streamlined content 

Centrally stored documents mean better control of content, contributors and titles. Without the cloud employees have to send files as attachments through multi stage processes, at each stage there is room for error or formatting issues. 

Greater visibility means improved collaboration, which ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line. If you’re still relying on the old way, it could be time to try something a little more streamlined. 

5. Mobilise your workforce on the cloud 

Cloud computing mobilises your workforce allowing you to work anytime and from anywhere- even without an internet connection working offline and uploading to your SharePoint site later is easy enough. Your Microsoft 365 tenancy and Microsoft AppSource products are available on all devices so whether it’s a phone or a tablet, connectivity is never an issue. 

The result? Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees, so they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them. If remote working from home is the new norm, the cloud is here to increase that accessibility and help mobilise your employees. 

6. Could the cloud be your competitive edge? 

SaaS adoption is the easiest way to start hanging out with the heavy weights. Moving to the cloud gives access to big data technology, for everyone. In a cloud computing environment, new IT resources are always just a click away.  

The time required to deploy these resources is inherently quicker than traditional methods of collaboration and most companies see their productivity rise exponentially. At the same time, the cost of physical training, hardware and office space is instantly slashed.  

Is it worth leveraging your new cloud platform with consulting services? 

Now that working communities are more virtual than ever before, cloud adoption is no doubt the best way to keep your network connected and thriving.  

While any of the above benefits are a great incentive for moving a business to the cloud, effective consulting will leverage your choice of new cloud platform. The reality is, most companies and their ecosystems need a little guidance to fully launch their new virtual communities.  

We’d love to talk about your requirements, get in touch and hit the button below. 

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