5 Reasons to Use the Cloud in Your Small Business
According to a recent article in Forbes.com, the total market for cloud services “is expected to grow from $76.9 billion in 2010 to $210 billion by 2016.” So far the numbers appear to be backing that assertion up. If you're not using “the cloud” in your small business, here are five good reasons why you might want to start.
1) Secure File Sharing and Access
This is a big deal for businesses of all sizes. Cyber-security is becoming a major risk for businesses on a global scale. Laptops and mobile devices make it easier than ever for people to simply grab the devices that contain important information that places your business and your customers at risk. Rather than storing this information on insecure devices, you can have vital information that’s stored on secured servers in the cloud while allowing access to these important documents and information virtually anywhere and at any time by users who have the right file sharing app, like Tappin.
2) Bring Down Technology Costs
Most small businesses can’t easily afford a full time IT guy (or girl) on staff. It’s an expense that would be nice, considering the vulnerabilities many companies face when it comes to cyber security. However, it’s largely outside the realm of practicality. Storing information on secured clouds means that you have the benefits of a full-time IT staff to protect your information for a much more affordable price.
It wasn’t that long ago when people had to carry portable filing cabinets around to keep up with all the paperwork they were responsible for. At least that’s what it felt like after eight to ten, or more, long hours of a workday. Now all you need is a smartphone, tablet computer, or laptop and you can access all those important files at any time of the day or night. It’s much more convenient than it’s ever been in the past.
4) Disaster Recovery
Recent years have shown devastating disasters that wiped out communities. Whether it’s forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes; disasters happen at the worst possible moments. Off-site storage of information in “the cloud” ensures that when bad things happen for the sake of your business, the information you’ve stored in the cloud is protected. This will help you, and your business, get back up and running much faster. It will also give you the tools you need to get in touch with customers to update them about what’s going on too.
5) Reduce Environmental Impact
How many trees are lost to creating additional paper copies of information so that multiple people in your business have access to it? Business owners interested in adopting a more earth-friendly way of doing business will appreciate the simplicity of this step in the process.
These are just a few of the general ways businesses benefit from operating in the cloud. If you look hard enough, you’re sure to find a few ways that are specific to your business. Then you can become part of the 41 percent of growth in expected cloud use the IDC’s “Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast” has predicted over the next four years.