Why Small Businesses Should Use The Cloud
In the world of small business, you either adapt or fail. Larger companies may have the luxury of waiting to see which trends will become full-fledged influences on the marketplace, but small businesses have to scramble for any and every advantage they can grab. That means being the first to adopt new technologies and take advantage of the edge they can provide. Small businesses by nature are more entrepreneurial and less averse to taking risks than their larger competitors, so it’s no surprise that many small businesses were among the first to jump into the world of cloud computing with both feet. Those small businesses have been rewarded for their foresight and daringness so far, as cloud computing has been found to boost small businesses’ profits by nearly twofold.
Their success is due to the numerous advantages cloud computing provides small businesses over traditional IT models. With cloud computing providing the infrastructure for their IT systems, small businesses gain flexibility and scalability as well as some much-needed breathing room in their overhead expenses. Even though cloud computing can give small businesses an edge they need, not all small businesses have taken advantage of the technology yet. That’s a mistake, because cloud computing can do a lot for small businesses.
For example, using cloud computing for a small business IT infrastructure virtually eliminates the need for costly server equipment to be maintained on the business’s premises. It also can reduce the amount small businesses spend on their IT because it can eliminate the need for constant software upgrades and security updates. Because the cloud provider can handle all of these upgrades from the central cloud location and push them out to users automatically, there’s little worry about individual machines being outdated or more vulnerable to security threats.
Using the cloud also means small businesses can have the flexibility to work anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi signal, which can be a significant boon for small business owners who spend a lot of time in the field or have to juggle multiple responsibilities. Because cloud computing allows small businesses to stay connected to their IT network anywhere they go, there are virtually no restrictions on when and where they can conduct business. For these and many other compelling reasons, cloud computing is something all small businesses need to consider. The following guide illustrates some of the most important reasons why cloud computing is one trend small businesses can’t afford to ignore.
Author bio: Steve Johnson is President of Maryland Computer Service, and has been helping businesses harness the power of technology for nearly 20 years. His experiences during that time make him uniquely qualified to guide small and medium businesses through the technologies of today into the future.