Should You Move Your Business To The Cloud?

Cloud computing is a concept that could possibly save your business quite a bit of money on software, hardware, upgrades and services. Most people know that but did you also realize, it could save you a lot of money on an office lease?  In today’s mobile workforce environment, moving all of your data and applications to the cloud could also mean moving your workforce to where ever they want to work.  Many small businesses have started to take advantage of the We Work type of office, allowing their staff to come and go as they please.

How does it work?  Instead of purchasing hardware and software for your office, you can use “the cloud” to put your applications on a highly secure “super-server” online. All you need is an Internet connection and you’re good to go; hence the mobile workforce phenomena.

There’s a good chance that MOST of the software applications you use every day are now “software as a service” applications. In other words, you don’t have to install them on your server or PC – you simply access the software on a pay-as-you-go model for only the licenses, storage space and/or features you use. This gives you the ability to access highly sophisticated software and functionality at a fraction of the cost – or even for free – and without long-term commitments.

It is quickly becoming unnecessary for some businesses to purchase and maintain an on-site server. Now, companies can host one or more of their applications, data, e-mail and other functions in the cloud, in off-site, highly secure, high-availability data farms that have far more power and resources than you could ever logically have on-site as a small business. And with devices getting cheaper and Internet connectivity exploding, cloud computing is suddenly a very smart, viable option for small business owners.

Pink Hat’s Cloud Readiness Assessment can help you determine if moving to the cloud is the best solution for your business.

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