Don’t Let Your IT Business Go up in Smoke Because You Refused to Move to the Cloud!
It’s evident that the cloud provides massive growth opportunities and fresh revenue potential for an IT business. Goldman Sachs has predicted a 30% growth in the expenditure on cloud computing platforms and infrastructure between 2013 and 2018. The rate of cloud adoption has increased at a higher rate than previously expected, leading Forrester to increase its 2011 prediction of the public cloud market size by a whopping 20%. Therefore, you should leverage on opportunities for revenue growth that cloud computing has to offer.
Here are five tangible impacts that the cloud can have on your company:
1. Up-to-the-minute software
With SaaS (Software as a Service), the newest versions of the apps required to manage the business are availed to clients as soon as they’re deployed to the market. Instant upgrades allow workers to access fresh features and functionality; therefore, their productivity increases. More importantly, software updates are usually released regularly. On the contrary, new versions of purchased or homegrown software may be released only once per year or may take a lot of time before they’re rolled out.
2. Reduced IT expenses
Transitioning to the cloud may minimize the cost of operating and servicing your IT systems. Instead of acquiring expensive equipment and systems for your firm, you can lower your expenditure by taking advantage of the resources of your provider. You may significantly cut down your operating costs due to the following reasons:
• Your expenditure on new hardware, system upgrades, and software may be incorporated in your contract
• Your expenses on energy may reduce significantly
• You won’t incur costs of paying expert staff
3. Better collaboration
Effective collaboration within a cloud environment offers your IT business the capability to communicate and transfer information more quickly as compared to traditional methods. Cloud computing can allow your workers, contractors, and even third party to access to similar documents, particularly if they’re working on the same project across different geographical locations. You may also pick a cloud-computing model, which will allow you to share your financial information with your advisers in a more secure and quicker manner.
4. Business continuity
Safeguarding your data and IT infrastructures is a vital part of your firm planning continuity. Storing your data in cloud protects it from natural disaster, computer crash, and power failure, as well as other crises. The ability to access your files immediately after a disaster has occurred, enables you to carry on with your business as usual, reducing any loss of efficiency and downtime.
Flexibility is one the most attractive advantages of cloud computing. You can turn you serves down, up, or off, depending on the situation. For instance, servers’ capacity can be increased quickly to accommodate a popular activity and prevent crashing of servers. Once the activity is completed, the capacity can be brought down to minimize cost.
Cloud computing gives you the ability to connect to your IT business anytime, anywhere
Jennifer Holmes is President of MIS Solutions and a Georgia native who, after graduating from Georgia Tech, became an accomplished research virologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In 2000, Jennifer hung up her lab coat to join husband Lliam at MIS Solutions as President.
In the past 16 years, she has led the MIS Solutions team to become the leaders in Metro Atlanta IT Support. MIS Solutions, Inc. is on a mission to provide managed IT services to Atlanta businesses to help them grow and support their businesses. MIS Solutions provides a wide range of IT services to Atlanta-based businesses and, combined with Jennifer’s passion for sharing effective business strategies with her clients, they are able to deliver the best business IT Support for each client’s unique environment in Atlanta.
In 2013, Jennifer’s leadership and marketing skills won her the title of Spokesperson for the nationally acclaimed Technology Marketing Toolkit, an industry group of over 550 top U.S. She is a graduate of the Leadership Gwinnett program and has acted on the boards of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Atlanta chapter, Gwinnett Great Days of Service, the Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary Club and the Gwinnett Chamber’s Technology Board.