UK businesses are adopting cloud computing at an increasing pace, and larger businesses are starting to recognise the need for change. In a study by the Open University, 21 per cent of small businesses said they were using cloud services for administrative purposes, like invoicing or running a CRM. That figure is growing year on year.
If your business hasn’t made the move yet, there’s no better time than today. Here are 5 very good reasons to consider cloud migration, whatever your business’ sector or size.
1. Improved productivity
For any business, a move to the cloud can provide a massive boost to output, increasing the number of hours your staff can work. Teams that collaborate remotely can slash travel and commuting times, and they can accelerate production by working in real time in the cloud.
Despite the stigma around working remotely, studies show that it increases productivity. When Stanford University studied Ctrip, a travel agency, it found that home workers answered 13.5 per cent more calls per working week.
2. Reduced cost
If an employee brings their own smartphone to work, they’ll need less support in using it. The business could potentially reduce the amount of pool devices it invests in, as well as cutting the cost of repairs and upgrades.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is only possible when employees are empowered with mobile access to data, provisioned using the company’s secure private cloud. In the Ctrip study we linked to above, Stanford’s researchers demonstrated clear savings when cloud computing was rolled out; around $1,900 per year, per employee.
3. Reduced infrastructure
Running a server room is a huge drag on profits, and a certain cause of waste. The cloud offers the possibility to migrate, transform and virtualize, cutting the floor space and power you need to keep your systems up and running.
Cloud computing also makes a business less vulnerable to catastrophe. Once legacy applications have been migrated and transformed, the business will be less reliant on vulnerable legacy systems, and it can finally decommission those ageing servers that are well past their use-by date.
4. Enhanced support
When you outsource your IT to a cloud provider, you benefit from an additional layer of support. Your provider takes on the responsibility for keeping services online, and they offer robust SLAs for problem resolution.
If your in-house support team isn’t available out of hours, a cloud provider could fill the gap. Your services will also be proactively monitored to curb and prevent downtime.
5. Better security
Businesses of all sizes are targets for hacking, despite the best efforts of security gatekeepers. Rather than placing sensitive data on a local, unsecured computer, keep it secure in your business’ private cloud.
Private clouds offer robust security protocols backed by military-grade encryption, with the over-arching support of your cloud provider’s team. Using two-factor authentication and 24/7 monitoring, the provider never takes their eye off your intellectual property, or your clients’ personal data.
The time for transformation is now
When planning your cloud migration strategy, look for a provider who will help you mitigate risk and plan a smooth migration strategy. With the right support, even the most critical applications can be migrated without undue risk or downtime.
To find out more about the benefits, and to discover how we can help, don’t hesitate to speak to Exponential-E today. We can provide complete cloud solutions that will transform the way you do business, without the complexity and risk.