As small business owners assess how they performed in the last fiscal year, they will also be looking at what improvements can be made in operational efficiency. Chief among those concerns will likely be whether or not to migrate the majority of their business operations to the cloud. Here are three reasons why you should invest in cloud computing.
The Federal Government already uses the cloud and so do your competitors
The U.S. government spends around $2 billion a year on cloud computing. Anyone who has ever had any dealings with any government agency knows that, compared to even the largest conglomerate, governments are very slow to adapt to new technologies and methodologies. The reason why the government is taking such aggressive action to modernize is because cloud computing offers superior accessibility, integration and security. Additionally, 52 percent of U.S. small businesses are now using cloud storage. If the Federal Government and an increasing number of your competitors are moving into the cloud space, you’ll need to either get on trend or get left behind.
It’ll make your business more efficient
In 2013, two tech industry giants teamed up to create an all-in-one enterprise cloud solution called IBM MobileFirst. The platform allows business owners in a variety of industries to access a wide range of real time data points, including invoices, orders, shipments, sales, predictive trends, inventory, travel information, scheduling data and time off requests with a few taps on an iPhone. Cloud computing will make the operation of your business easier and faster, and it’ll let you react to changes in the market as soon as they happen.
When the worse happens, you’ll be glad you have cloud storage
Let’s say lightning strikes the building your company is based in and the server you use to hold all your client data is completely destroyed. Alternatively, let’s say a drunk driver crashes into your building and destroys your server, your physical records and your employee terminals. Lastly, let’s say one of your new hires opens a Facebook message on one of your terminals and infects your entire network with a debilitating virus. In each of these terrible, but not unlikely scenarios, having a backup from your company’s digital infrastructure will let you resume operations quickly, protect your most essential data and assure your customers that your company is resilient in the face of adversity.
This article was written by Mario McKellop for Small Business Pulse