Cloud Computing

For small and midsize businesses (SMBs), the benefits of cloud computing are endless. Cloud computing saves businesses time and money by reducing upfrint costs, boosting productivity, improving collaboration and promoting innovation.

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By 8-Bit Staff

Cloud computing is an umbrella term for the different types of cloud services available including these:

Cloud storage – store and back up your files for regular access and for sharing and syncing them across devices, across staff and across geographical regions.

Cloud backup – similar to cloud storage, but primarily used as a backup source in the event of a crash, cyberattack or other data loss.

Software as a service (SaaS) – uses the web to use or provide software services (either an in-house developed software or off the shelve product) such as Microsoft Office suite, Google applications, business and accounting software such as QuickBooks Online or productivity suites such as Adobe CC. 

Cloud hosting – facilitates all types of information sharing, such as website services, email services, application hosting, VoIP phone systems and general data storage.

“Of all organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises have the most to benefit from investing in cloud but some still don’t understand how it can help their business.”

One of the biggest benefits of cloud computing for small to medium sized businesses is being able to leverage the computing power, storage capacity and data analytics of cloud service providers that could never be match in-house – without substantial financial investment.

BENEFITS OF CLOUD COMPUTING

At 8-Bit Technologies we believe that cloud computing is the way forward for businesses, including small to medium sized businesses. To help you formulate your business case for the cloud, we’ve outlined five key benefits of cloud technology for your organisation.

  1. Scaling infrastructure – pay for what you need on a monthly basis and scale up during peak periods. All this without the upfront investment in your own hardware equipment as well as significantly reducing the responsibilities of IT professionals in it’s management, freeing up money, time and resources for big picture projects such as data analysis.
  2. Cloud-based office systems – more and more businesses exploring collaborative work environments. Cloud-based office platforms such as Google’s G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 provide better support for group-based projects than traditional programs by allowing multiple users to work simultaneously, with all changes reflected in real-time across an unlimited number of devices. 
  3. Remote workspaces – Cloud-based office systems also drive location-independent office environments. The ability to collaborate over cloud services allows employees the flexibility and support to work remotely or to continue projects while away on conferences, on the road or at home minding the children. 
  4. Big data analytics – Cloud computing gives businesses the processing power necessary to organize and crunch though large quantities of data. Instead of investing in hardware, servers and storage – businesses are shifting their focus to user-friendly data analytics interfaces provided by cloud-based services instead. 
  5. Backups and recovery – information security continues to be a major hurdle for small businesses. Threats evolve quickly, and a complete defense of critical infrastructure is often beyond the capabilities of a small IT workforce let alone the dual office accountant/part-time IT ‘fixer’. Cloud-based data storage helps address security concerns by building redundancy into a company’s information management approach. Hybrid systems that back up local data to the cloud in real time offer protection against security breaches, allowing companies to reduce their reliance on physical infrastructure and tedious manual backups.

As demonstrated by some of the benefits outlined above, cloud technology has the potential not just to improve information storage and security, but also the way we work with each other and the accuracy with which we make business decisions.

Talk to 8-Bit Technologies about your cloud computing plans and let us work together to make that transition a reality.

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