Keeping up with the Cloud

As a business owner, it’s likely you’re always looking for ways to help your firm stay ahead of its competitors.

Whether it be technology, sales strategies or new products and services – the fact is, if you stand still, you’re only losing ground on everyone else.

Often, the latest trends can be identified by taking a look at how the truly global companies are moving forward. With more money and personnel to invest in developing these aspects of their operations to allow them to get ahead, chances are they’ll begin to adopt the key tools for the future before smaller enterprises.

One piece of technology being implemented by many organisations at the moment is the Cloud. The figures speak for themselves – around half of all FTSE 100 companies use public Cloud services at the moment, with the number increasing further when you include private and hybrid models.

So why are business leaders all jumping on this bandwagon? While you may have heard about the Cloud and left it at that, it’s well worth looking into the benefits it can bring to your firm.

For a start, efficiency levels can be improved dramatically at your organisation. A key plus point of the Cloud is that communication between employees becomes infinitely more effective – so duplication of work is much less likely. Similarly, it is also easier to ensure different departments are productive in the sense of working together towards the same goal.

Further more, it’s incredibly cost-effective. By employing third-party Cloud providers like Canopy – the open cloud company, you don’t have to worry about forking out huge sums of money for expensive servers. Nor do you have to concern yourself with finding space within your premises to house these bulky machines.

All the hardware is stored off-site, which also means any technical issues can always be dealt with by the provider’s experienced team. There is also a reduced security risk in the sense there won’t be any unauthorised personnel meddling doing things they shouldn’t be.

The Cloud also allows workers to become more mobile – meaning they are no longer tied to one building to carry out their daily duties. Employee wellbeing is likely to improve if they are given the option to occasionally work from home, while business productivity won’t suffer as much when the transport system grinds to a halt, stopping your staff getting into the office.

With so many positives, it’s no wonder that so many FTSE 100 firms are already investing in the technology. With more companies sitting up and taking notice of the Cloud, it’s not unreasonable to expect further developments in its versatility and functions over the next few months and years.

The great thing is that the benefits it brings to larger organisations can also be easily applied to smaller businesses. It doesn’t have to be difficult and you don’t have to be incredibly tech-savvy to implement it. If you haven’t already considered taking your operations to the Cloud, what’s stopping you?