How the Cloud Changes Business

October 25, 2014
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ImageBusiness is no longer carried on as usual – cloud computing has completely changed the game and how companies run themselves.

ImageBusiness is no longer carried on as usual – cloud computing has completely changed the game and how companies run themselves. Due to the introduction of the cloud and syncing technology advancements, how employees access company information, applications, share documents and work has gone through a face-lift in more ways than one, improving overall business processes and efficiencies.

Mobile, Agile… and Definitely Not Hostile 

Because cloud services are internet-based, businesses no longer have to worry about physical restrictions previously posed. Software used to have to be manually installed on each individual computer and files could only be accessed via in-house server, but now, work applications rest in the ever-omnipresent cloud. This increased mobility allows work to be done anytime, anywhere, even in the air.

Snaps for Collaboration

Cloud technology along with synced devices has opened the floodgates for ultimate collaboration. Documents can now be worked on together with other colleagues at the same time, no matter how far apart they are. Additionally, task lists and calendars are shared and updated in real-time to keep everyone on track and more productive. These newfound capabilities presented by the cloud remove unnecessary back and forth emails and help implement version control.

Sharing is Caring

We’re in an era where everything is data-driven and sharing information quickly is crucial to a company’s livelihood. Tech industry pioneers like Samsung have spearheaded a synced device movement that goes hand-in-hand with cloud computing platforms so that the most up-to-date info is accessible to relevant parties. Data collection and analytics provide extremely valuable insights on consumer behavior – the cloud, plus supplementing synced devices, lets businesses share this knowledge with the entire company to analyze and capitalize on right away. 

Cash is King

When in the business to make money, any place to cut overhead costs is key. Cloud implementation has helped lower expenses in multiple ways by eliminating server maintenance fees, power and cooling costs, software licensing, and upgrades. Cloud computing services, with their pay-as-you-go setup, also provide the flexibility to mold to the business cycle. For example, if there’s a slower quarter, it’s simple to decrease the amount of storage space needed on a monthly basis, therefore saving where it counts.

Backup Plan

It’s hard to predict an unexpected disaster and even harder to halt business when disaster strikes. Companies that still use traditional backup hard drives or rely on the office server stand a risk of losing everything should a catastrophic event such as a fire or flood occur. With clouds, this threat can be completely removed because data is frequently/automatically backed up to a safe online location, allowing work momentum to continue.

Corporate Responsibility

Money can’t make the world go round if there’s no planet for it to run on. When using cloud computing, businesses are indirectly/directly exercising corporate responsibility to decrease their carbon footprint. Removing on-site servers and replacing with clouds can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions up to 90%.

The cloud has completely transformed the overall scheme of the business environment in various facets. It has allowed companies to focus on actual work without dealing with the technological glitches and extra costs posed by servers. And now that employees can acquire the collateral they need to meet goals in a more efficient manner, its more than just business as usual – there’s an increase in ROI.