Cloud service is a major trend right now. Many businesses are migrating to the cloud, but does that mean it’s right for your organization? Especially in small businesses with limited resources, technology decisions can make a big difference on how time is spent, you need to be sure it’s the right choice. There are many advantages.
Mobilize your workforce
Cloud computing allows your employees to access data from anywhere there is an internet connection at anytime. Cloud computing also means data can be accesses faster and more securely from remote locations. Mobilization of your workforce means it will be more flexible; employees can work during their most productive times, even if those times aren’t during regular business hours. The flexibility and access to up to date data means better collaboration as well.
Reduce staffing requirements
When all your data is on the cloud and accessible via the internet you can reduce in-house IT or avoid the need to hire more IT personnel to upgrade services. Many cloud providers also provide security; so while it won’t eliminate your need for in-house security professionals, it will reduce the demand.
Get resources for a great price
When your data is on the cloud, you don’t have to pay for as much hardware and software to store it. In addition to those cost savings, your organization can gain access to cutting edge technology at a fraction of the cost.
Cloud computing isn’t all perks, however; there are also a few disadvantages.
While being able to access organizational data from anywhere there is an internet connection is convenient, as long as there is an internet connection. But that’s not something you always have control over. If your internet service is down, so is your workforce. Furthermore, if your cloud provider loses their connection, that means you’re down too.
With your data offsite, you lose some control over its security. Putting your data on the cloud makes it more susceptible to hack attacks because nothing on the web is fully secure. When choosing a cloud provider; finding one that provides the security that meets your expectations is essential. Sometimes, switching to the cloud means increased data security, but either way, it means you lose some of the control over it.
Yes, your organization can save money not purchasing software, hardware and minimizing personnel, but it’s important to understand what is and what isn’t included in cloud computing services. If the cloud provider doesn’t offer the same services that the software provides, while it can seem like you’re getting a better price, you may be sacrificing service. Further, if there is a problem with your data, resolving it in the more complicated cloud environment can actually cost more money. Make sure you understand what is included, and what’s not when doing cost analysis
There are many pros and cons to cloud computing. Cloud migration for businesses is a huge trend this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s a no-brainer; it might not be right for every organization. Understand the risks and benefits before you migrate.