Recently, more and more small businesses have come to appreciate the benefits of cloud computing and are easily adapting to this technology trend.
Cloud services come in a variety of forms so small businesses have a wide array of options to choose from. A one-stop shop for cloud services could be attractive to a small business, especially if it lacks the IT resources necessary to guide it through the process of implementing cloud-based solutions. On the other hand, choosing the best provider for a particular service may be the best way to go for a small business that prefers to pick and choose as it transitions its IT applications into the cloud.
On the top of the list of cloud computing benefits for small businesses is communication – meaning email, phone systems and video-conferencing. This represents savings on costly phone calls and business trips to meet clients face-to-face. Real time conversations can take place anytime regardless of geography.
A second major benefit of cloud computing is data storage and backup. Cloud computing addresses the capacity issues that would otherwise require expensive hardware acquisitions. As the demand rises, capacity increases, with hardly any effort on your part. Service providers are fully aware of small business concerns regarding reliability and data security. They go to great lengths to provide secure and redundant systems that include disaster recovery and backup.
Storing data in the cloud opens up still another benefit – collaboration. Documents become accessible to those who need to view them and work on them as a team. Schedules can be synchronized through shared calendars, resulting in greater team efficiency and productivity. Collaboration can also be extended to clients so that they are closely involved and can see the progress as work is being done.
Web hosting is another cloud service that small businesses could use to launch marketing campaigns and manage sales.
Cloud services are designed to be easier to use without on-site IT support. But access to 24/7 customer support assures you that you’ll not be at a loss for help when you need it. There’s also no shortage of software in the cloud, which could be another benefit for the cost-conscious small business.
Cloud services allow small businesses to keep pace with large enterprises in leveraging technology for business growth and success.