8 Reasons Why Your Business Needs the Cloud
For most businesses, the decision to move to the cloud has changed from if, to when. The number of opportunities available from cloud computing means that organisations in all industries can reap the powerful benefits of the cloud.
Below we’ve listed some of the major reasons why your business needs the cloud.
The cloud offers organisations, both big and small, the opportunity to scale their IT infrastructure whenever they need to. If your business adds staff or needs additional resources, the cloud can adapt with ease. As you can increase or decrease resources when required, you don’t pay for resources you don’t need. This ability to scale on demand and accommodate business growth is what makes the cloud so powerful.
2. Improved Security
Worried about your cyber security? If not, then you should be. Over the past few years, cyber security threats have reached a frightening new level. According to a recent study, cybercrime is the fastest growing economic crime in the UK, with businesses reporting a 22% increase in the last 12 months.
However, the misconception that the cloud will imperil your company’s data is just that – a misconception. The truth is the cloud is one of the safest places for your data. Cloud providers have better skills and more resources to run a highly secure environment than your own organisation, ensuring the protection of your data. In 2015 alone, Microsoft invested $1 billion improving the security of its cloud platform, Azure, and has recently announced it will maintain this level of investment into cyber security research and development.
3. Backup, Recovery and Business Continuity
The importance of a robust solution for data protection and recovery is unquestionable. Cloud computing is an ideal solution, providing your business with both backup and disaster recovery tools. When you move to the cloud your essential business data is held off site. This means that in the event of a technical failure or other problem at your business premises, your data can be accessed from any device as long as there is Internet connectivity.
4. Productivity and Mobility
Imagine how convenient and productive it would be if your employees could work from anywhere, on any device. For many organisations, the ability to share information seamlessly and work on projects together can radically transform the way things get done. Employees are also more productive outside the office, instantly accessing files from the company as needed and managing work processes without having to wait until they’re back in the office. When you make the move to the cloud the world becomes your office.
5. Collaborate Like Never Before
With the cloud, communications are no longer confined to the office. The cloud gives access to software and tools that make collaboration easy and effective. From instant messaging and video conferencing to document and calendar sharing, your team can work better together, wherever they are. Edits and updates appear in real-time and can be accessed by everyone. This improved collaboration has the potential to enable your company to react more quickly to business opportunities.
6. Access to the Latest Versions
With the cloud, you always have access to the latest, most up-to-date versions. Gone are the days of having to budget for upgrades. Immediate upgrades put new features and functionality into employees’ hands to make them more productive. What’s more, software enhancements are typically released quite frequently. Without the fuss of having to maintain this aspect of your IT, your team can put time and energy into helping your business grow.
7. The World is Moving to the Cloud: Don’t Be Left Behind
Cloud computing has become a necessity, yet many organisations find themselves left behind as their competitors embrace this new technology. By 2018 nearly 85% of UK businesses will be using the cloud and reaping the rewards of increased collaboration, efficiency, and productivity. Don’t be left behind; regardless of your industry, moving to the cloud can give your organisation an edge and make it more efficient and more resilient.
8. Moving to the Cloud is Easier than you Think
For many, the prospect of moving operations to the cloud may seem daunting. However, it is worth noting that the cloud isn’t an “all or nothing” approach. One of the cloud’s greatest advantages is its flexibility. You can gradually migrate to the cloud as and when it suits your business.
Working with a cloud management partner like P2V Systems, means your company can benefit from years of experience ensuring a smooth transition with minimal downtime.
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Working with a Cloud Management Partner
Moving to the cloud need not be a complex project. The right partner makes it simple. At P2V Systems, our cloud migration expertise ensures your company migrates smoothly and securely to the cloud with minimal downtime. If you want to know more about the cloud solutions that are available and how they would benefit your business, talk to the cloud experts. Get in touch with P2V Systems and we’ll help you make the move to the cloud.