Continuing our series of blogs on IT needs for new businesses, this week we look at cloud computing and its advantages.
Cloud computing services have now replaced traditional software products in many areas of business IT. From accounting software to CRM systems, HR systems, email, office solutions and a myriad of other systems, cloud computing solutions can help your business be more flexible and can deliver the IT system you really need – while keeping your initial costs down significantly.
Here are 5 things to remember about cloud computing.
Cloud computing services are accessed over the internet. Instead of installing software onto your computer, you sign in online.
Some, such as Google apps, can be accessed through your internet browser. Others, offer specialist apps that sit on your desktop, such accounting software like Zero or Quickbooks, or creative development tools like Asana or Trello.
As your business grows, you may start relying heavily on your cloud services. If this is the case, you may also need to upgrade your internet connection to a super fast leased line. This applies particularly to any services that require you to transfer a large amount of data.
Cloud computing services generally charge a monthly fee instead of a one-off cost. Fees are typically based on the level of service and number of users you have.
Although they are cheaper upfront, but overall costs often work out similar to traditional software.
For businesses who are in startup, low monthly fees can offer less risk than a large initial upfront cost, and are kinder to the most important aspect of any business – cash flow!
In a startup environment, flexibility is key. Cloud services offer the best solution to maintain an agile, flexible business environment.
Unlike older traditional software, cloud services are not downloaded to one single computer, which means that can be access from any computer or device.
With most services, you can increase or decrease capacity instantly if new staff are employed.
Most cloud packages include maintenance and support. This can reduce the burden of your IT maintenance.
Cloud providers, such as Wood ITC, handle updates and security patches, and provide help when you need it.
Cloud services store your business data on servers owned or operated by the cloud provider It’s important to make sure you can trust the provider to take good care of your data.
Before taking on a cloud service provider, make sure they are well-established, with a strong track record.