We talk to a lot of businesses about Cloud Computing and a lot of the smaller organisations repeatedly tell us that they are ‘too small’ to really feel the benefits and that it’s not worth their time. But we ask them: is any business ‘too small’ to benefit from a more productive work force, better managed services and reduced costs? If you feel that Cloud isn’t right for your business then we implore you, read this article and find out a little bit more about how Cloud is perfect for small budgets and big expectations.
Don’t fix what’s not broken
This is a pretty common mentality in small businesses and we completely agree – why should you change or upgrade something that is doing just fine as it is? But that’s where the beauty of Cloud comes in. Eventually parts of your IT systems will start to falter – perhaps your email is becoming slow and lagging due to a lack of space, maybe the number of remote workers in your businesses has grown and it’s become difficult to manage. When you start to notice gaps in your infrastructure you can pick and choose a Cloud solution that fills that gap. There is no need to migrate all of your system in one go and most IT experts would certainly advise against doing that! We help businesses to make better IT decisions and find solutions that best fit their business needs. A lot of the time smaller businesses will benefit more from a Cloud or product-as-a-service solution as it offers greater capabilities and flexibility at a much smaller cost. You’ve probably heard of Hybrid Cloud? This is exactly what this term means – a pick and mix of solutions, both Cloud and on-premises, customised for your needs and your budget.
Don’t try to predict the future
Small businesses don’t have the luxury to spend a large budget on infrastructure that they might need in the future, but on-premises solutions demand an up-front capital investment for a solution that will fulfil your business for its expected life cycle. For a server this could be 5 or more years – how can you accurately gauge what your business will need that far into the future? With Cloud you only have to pay for what you need now. If those needs change it’s quick and easy to change your Cloud solution to adapt to your new demands.
Do spend less on IT and more on sales and growth
A small business knows better than anyone how valuable their resources are and how detrimental wasted time or money can be. On-premises solutions cost just that: time and money. Not only is there the initial investment, but you will need to continually invest in your infrastructure to ensure that your network and communications are not bottle-necked, your software and licences are up-to-date, regular security and back-ups are required and much more. Cloud solutions offer peace of mind in regularity helping you to better budget and plan for the future. Plus, if your hardware fails or gets lost or stolen, all your company’s critical data is unaffected and can be accessed via any device with an internet connection. Save time and money with Cloud and invest more on the things that really matter: finding new business, managing your existing clients and supporting your workforce.
Are you a Nottingham Small Business looking for advice and support with Cloud Computing?
Whether you are looking to brush up on your Cloud knowledge or just find out what all the fuss is about we welcome you to join us at our FREE Cloud in Motion Breakfast Talk. The event takes place in Nottingham City Center on Tuesday 12th May and is a great opportunity for local businesses to get some first-hand practical knowledge on the latest Cloud trends. Our own Cloud experts will be talking on the day and using real life examples and demonstrations to show how Cloud can improve productivity and reduce costs quickly and easily. Register today for your free ticket – limited places available!