Why you should Move your business to the Cloud: The top 10 Reasons
With apologies to the great David Letterman, here is my small business version of his always-popular Top 10 List:
10. It’s the future: Whether we like it or not, and whether you want to or not, your business will be moving to the cloud. Of course, you already do email in the cloud, but it is just as easy to move your other business applications there as well, be it is document storage, security, office applications, backup, finances & accounting, sales & marketing, or what have you.
9. It’s safer: Cloud services are housed in remote servers, servers that have the best security systems available, and which are always being updated with the latest updates. This past year, my Number 1 trend for small business for 2015 was security. It’s important to take it seriously.
8. Larry “Bud” Melman (Oops, that’s from Top 10 best Letterman bits ever)
7. It’s easier than you think: There are two main pain points for most small businesses – time and money. For many, it is that second factor that prevents them from making the necessary move to the cloud. They think it will be too time consuming, that there will be too steep of a learning curve.
Will there be a learning curve? Of course, you bet. But not a big one. Truly.
In the end, what you will find is that having your business systems always on, always available to you and your team from anywhere on any device will save you money, and, yes, time.
Are you happy you learned to type? Same idea.
6. It’s where the juice is: One of the fun parts of this job is that I am always getting notice of the latest and greatest things in small business. In the past two years, what I have seen is that cloud apps are where all of the money and creative energy is at. Really smart people are spending a lot of energy creating cool apps to help you run your business better. A search will help you find some. They are amazing.
5. It will make you more productive: There is a cloud-based solution, i.e. Office 365, for whatever business issue you are dealing with. Period.
4. Norman rides a scooter (Oops, that’s one of the top 10 Stupid Pet Tricks.)
3. It’s scalable: According to BizJournals.com, “The cloud is highly scalable. Resources and employees can be added or removed to and from the network quickly without any large investments.”
2. It is affordable and always up to date: As mentioned, money is our other typical pain point. As such, an issue small businesses have long faced is when to make an investment in IT updating and infrastructure. The thinking goes something like this, “We have been running this operating system (of accounting software, or computer system, or whatever) for several years now and we know we need an upgrade. But it’s not really in the budget. Next year for sure!”
One of the beautiful things about running your business in the cloud is that cloud apps are always updated, always the latest version. And, not only that, but because you are not “buying” the whole package, but instead “renting” what you need, moving to the cloud becomes a very affordable option.
And the Number 1 reason to move your business to the cloud:
And with that let’s say, Thanks Dave, we still miss you, and goodnight everybody!
used with permission from Microsoft US Small and Midsize Business Blog
by Cindy Bates
Bryan Antepara: IT Specialist
Bryan Antepara is a leader in Cloud engagements with a demonstrated history of digital transformation of business processes with the user of Microsoft Technologies powered by the team of eMazzanti Technologies engineers.
Bryan has a strong experience working with Office 365 cloud solutions, Business Process, Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft Office Suite, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Customer Service.
He has the ability to handle the complexity of moving data in and out of containers and cloud sessions, makes him the perfect candidate to help organizations large and small migrate to new and more efficient platforms. Bryan is a graduate of the University of South Florida and is Microsoft Certification holder.