5 Reasons Every Small Business Needs to be in the Cloud
Small businesses sometimes have a little fear when considering the cloud. Some think they don’t need it and others aren’t sure what it really is. But, as technology evolves, the cloud has turned into a solid solution with more benefits and lower costs. Let’s consider five reasons that every small business should now be in the cloud.
1. Reduced Costs
Small businesses continually pay for labor and other soft costs to maintain hardware. Moving to the cloud eliminates the need to work on local hardware and takes the headaches out of making sure your systems are online. Using cloud applications like Office 365, small businesses can be confident that their applications will be online all the time.
2. Capital Expenditure Management
Small business owners get tired of having to spend money on computer hardware for servers and the sometimes-expensive software that goes with it. With the cloud, Capex is reduced and the need to replace hardware goes out the window, except for workstations and peripherals.
Putting your applications in the cloud means you have access anytime, anywhere, from any device. As long as you have internet access you have the ability to do your work, and do it in a secure fashion.
Being in the cloud allows you a level of security that is compliant to most laws and regulations. With some work, a small business can be as or more secure than much larger competitors.
5. Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
A major challenge for many small businesses is their ability to recover data or bounce back from a data loss. Being in the cloud opens up a variety of options that will keep your business running when and if a disaster should strike.
There are certainly other things to consider when looking at bringing your business to the cloud, but taking a little time to review your strategy with a small business cloud provider may save you some money while improving the service and resilience of your small business. If you have questions, get in touch with a technology professional and review your options, you’ll be glad you did!
By Andrew Smith, Director of Technical Services, Grand Rapids, MI
IT Resource is helping customers throughout west Michigan migrate to the cloud. Many customers see the benefits by saving money, backing up crucial data, and taking advantage of enhanced security. We are a premier small business cloud provider in Grand Rapids.