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You’ve probably seen all the hype about moving your business to the ‘cloud’. But there are still lots of questions about whether to move your business to monthly subscription services as opposed to expensive downloaded products? And how exactly will the cloud help your business? Here’s how transitioning to SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) can improve your business operations and bottom line.
- Security: The cloud keeps your business data safe and compliant
With all the stories of top companies falling victim to hackers in the news these days, it’s hard not to wonder if your business is secure enough to prevent these types of attacks. While the thought of taking your in-house technology infrastructure and placing it in the cloud doesn’t sound too safe, in actuality, cloud solutions are much more secure than you think.
Cloud-based service providers store all sorts of data for different types of companies in a variety of industries. Many industries have different security and compliance standards and requirements, and cloud-based service providers need to accommodate them all. This is good news for many businesses that adopt the cloud as these high-security measures are applied automatically to all business that resides within the network. That means your business data may actually be safer and more secure than what your current in-house server provides.
2. Disruption-Free: The cloud keeps your business safe in case of the unexpected.
What would you do if there was a fire in your business and you lost everything? If you used a cloud-based service at least your business data would be safe.
When you house your data in the cloud, the service often backs it up in multiple locations, allowing you to access your business data and avoiding any downtime or disruption to your operations. Your critical data and infrastructure are always available and consistently backed-up in case of emergencies.
3. Mobility: The cloud lets you access anywhere, anytime on any device.
SaaS gives you the convenience of working from any location and accessing your data from any device at all hours of the day. You can retrieve emails, files and documents from a desktop, phone, tablet or laptop inside or outside the office. Furthermore, you’ll receive the same computing experience every time regardless of the device being used.
4. Simplicity: The cloud is easy for you to manage and maintain.
Cloud-based platforms have invested a lot of time and money into ensuring that their IT management systems and tools are simple to access, administer and manage. They offer an easy-to-understand, user-friendly interface where managing things like user access, permissions, storage and resources are simple and intuitive.
Plus, no expensive servers or additional hardware are required. All you need to do is connect your device to choice – desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone – to your cloud provider and you’re good to go.
5. Innovation: The cloud keeps you up-to-date.
When you buy software in-house the technology immediately starts to age and you need to continually spend time, money and resources keeping it up to date.
With SaaS, you will never have to upgrade to the latest software version again. Your business will always be running off the most recent version, receiving on-going updates and immediate access to new features and capabilities as they become available.
Cloud services are scalable too. As your business changes and evolves, the latest tools and innovations will be available to support you in real-time.
6. Price: The cloud saves your business money and resources.
When assessing cost, there are real cost advantages to having a SaaS monthly subscription fee versus buying software.
On-premise solutions require that you purchase software plus additional hardware plus servers. You will also have to hire employees to manage, maintain and monitor your network.
With SaaS, many of these additional services are built into the cost of licencing. This simplifies operations, lessens your resourcing requirements and more than likely reduces your overall operating costs.
At the end of the day, only you can decide. Assessing your needs will give you a clearer understanding of the SaaS hype and how the cloud is right for your business.
The information in this article is for educational and information purposes only and should not be relied upon for decision making. Always seek the expertise of a professional advisor or accountant prior to making any decisions.