It is generally considered that a business with 100 or fewer employees is small, while one with 100-999 employees is considered to be medium-sized. It is estimated at 37% or more of SMB’s in the US have fully adapted to cloud computing. And a 2014 Intuit study predicts that 80% of Small to Medium Sized Businesses will be on the cloud by 2020. So what is attracting SMB’s to cloud computing in the first place?
Thanks to the article, “4 Reasons Small Businesses Should Migrate to the Cloud,” here are those reasons:
1. Lower costs
One of the most obvious benefits of moving everyday business to the cloud is that it can provide small businesses with significant savings. For starters, cloud computing fully utilizes hardware. Virtualization increases the value of physical server hardware, meaning businesses can do more with less.
As a result, small businesses will see a decrease in rack space, power usage, IT requirements, etc. That means lower installation, maintenance, hardware, upgrade and support costs. For SMB’s, especially, those savings are invaluable.
2. Better collaboration
Collaboration is made easy in the cloud. The ability to save and access various files through the cloud enables employees to easily work from the same master document. Cloud collaboration tools, such as Google Drive, allow users to upload, edit and comment on documents, which makes for better workplace collaboration. Additionally, employers can opt to limit what employees can access.
Not to mention, being able to access files through the cloud makes it easy for small-business owners to track and manage individual progress on assignments.
3. Increased flexibility
One of the most alluring benefits of cloud computing is being able to access work-related files and information from any device in any place at any time. We live in a mobile world. Long gone are the days where files are stuck on a single server on a single computer.
As the workplace begins to cater to more remote workers and flexible working arrangements, being able to access work materials, when not at work, is essential for employees. Not only does cloud computing make it easier for employees to work outside of the office, it makes it easier for small-business owners to manage their business at any time of day, from anywhere.
What’s more, increased mobility and flexibility in the cloud can lead to additional cost savings. For instance, small-business owners can opt to implement BYOD (bring your own device). Employees can work on devices they already own and are comfortable with, such as tablets and laptops — even their smartphones.
4. Greater integration
Adopting a cloud-based business solution creates multiple opportunities for integration — and simplified integration, at that. Cloud-adapted small businesses have the option of integrating with various cloud-based providers.
Small and medium sized businesses can take advantage of specialized services that integrate with back-office operations, from human resources to marketing to accounting. These opportunities for integration give owners and employees more time to focus on the more critical areas of business.
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