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Cloud Advantages

Get Real time flexibility

Bandwidth on demand, use it as you need it and pay as you go.

Planning for more bandwidth is often planning for success, so you hope you will have enough but you can’t be sure when and how much you need.

A Cloud based service means you can effortlessly and instantly meet increased demand for more capacity even if only for a limited period for example during high seasonal traffic period.

In a recent Information Week survey, 65% of respondents cited the ability to rapidly meet increased business demands as the most compelling reason to move to Cloud computing.

Streamline disaster recovery

Real time Cloud working cuts disaster support requirements

Time is money, your money, and when the worst happens you need to be back up and running as fast as possible. Many businesses however, particularly SME’s with tight budgets, have tended to treat disaster recovery a bit like insurance; must have something in place but as it contributes nothing to the bottom line is often not treated as a priority.

Removing the need for complex disaster recovery plans Cloud computing changes the disaster support paradigm putting sophisticated recovery support within reach of even the smallest business and providing huge cost and potential time savings for larger players.

In fact, a study by the Aberdeen Group found that mid-sized businesses which used the Cloud were able to resolve issues in half the time of larger companies in an average of 2.1 hours - four times fast than similar companies without the Cloud.

No more software updates

Centrally updated Cloud software needs no onsite support

Now with mobile working and the speed of change and with the blurring of the line between business and consumer software, with onsite server maintenance, security and software updates, and keeping abreast of change can be challenging.

In fact it is estimated that UK companies spent an average of 18 working days per month in 2010 just managing on-site security. With Cloud computing there is no server maintenance and updates to remote machines can be automated to suit the individual user freeing resources to be applied more effectively in the business.

Free-up valuable capital

The Cloud enables continuous CapEx free systems upgrades

Deciding when to invest valuable capital in new technology is a tough call particularly as the speed of change can be bewildering and an investment made now can become outdated before you have even paid for it.

Worse you need to factor in the cost of interest and support into the equation whereas Cloud computing requires no CapEx and typically has predictable operating costs so it is the ideal solution whether that be for a start-up business or projects or for expanding your business.

And if cash is tight, but your business needs to be putting resources in place ahead of expected demand, Cloud computing can be a saviour.

Drive collaboration

The Cloud enables collaboration across your enterprise and beyond

In a connected world, collaboration and team working is the foundation of many businesses, often extending beyond the corporate boundaries to include partners, suppliers and customers.

Cloud computing is the ideal solution to improve collaboration and team working enabling people to engage and collaborate regardless of each individual’s location or what device they are using to access the network.

The ability to share apps and work on documents collaboratively in real time is proven to be of significant benefit to many businesses. No more multiple versions of documents with people working off the wrong page. A recent Frost & Sullivan survey found that companies which invested in collaboration technology enjoyed an average 400% return on their investment.

Work from home, mobile, anywhere

The Cloud frees your people to work when and where they want on their device of choice

Most people now have internet access to the home and hot spots are all pervasive so with the Cloud people can pretty much work from anywhere. For your business this can mean an option to significantly reduce operating costs, for example allowing employees to use their own computers or reducing space by introducing hot-desking and giving people the option to ‘telecommute’ and work part or even full time, from home or mobile.

Offering your employees a flexible working option is likely to be well received as it also reduces their costs and wasted travel and positively improves their work/life balance. A recent study into how employees view telecommuting positively and in fact on average would be prepared to take a pay cut of around 6% to work this way - yet another saving to your business.

Furthermore people who aren’t traveling are less stressed and tired often resulting in improved productivity.

Increase collaboration and productivity

The Cloud enables worldwide collaboration regardless of time zone or location

Almost all business has experienced document ‘version control issues’ with collaborators sending files by email between each other being the norm often to colleagues in different time zones.According to one study, 73% of knowledge workers collaborate as often as once a month with colleagues in different time zones and regions.

It is a self-fulfilling prophecy that some of the people, some of the time will be working with the wrong data which can result in embarrassment, wasted resources or even wrong information being used hitting your bottom line.

The trouble is that once a document is let out into the wild vie email, it is often hit or miss who knows which one is the correct version, especially if the same file is sent to multiple recipients all of whom add in their content and rename the file. This is where the Cloud can really help create business value enabling everyone to work on one central version whenever they want singly or make changes collaboratively with everyone able to see and contribute to the latest thinking.

Improve mobile data security

Retain all your data even when your hardware is lost

With most knowledge workers now working on mobile devices your business data is at risk unless the content they are creating is secure.

The media has reported many embarrassing incidents of mobile devices containing valuable content being lost. With some 800,000 laptops lost each year in airports alone, the data loss implications and wasted resources if not properly backed-up can have serious consequences. If everything is stored in the Cloud however, content can always be accessed even when the worst happens.

Level the playing field

Apply the same business technology as your bigger competitors

Until recently the Cloud access to enterprise-class technology was limited to those with deep pockets and significant technical resources. SME’s are often more agile than larger organisations but without access to sophisticated software and systems have found it hard to compete on equal terms.

The Cloud changes the rules and even the smallest company, with little or no technical experience can access and use the latest technology. With a more level playing field, winning can now come down to skill, knowledge, creativity, service and cost. And with short lines of communication, lower fixed operating costs and the ability to make change part of a business culture, smart SME’s can leverage the Cloud to significant advantage.

Improve your carbon footprint

The socially responsible, eco-friendly way to grow your business

Everyone is concerned with green issues and the way a business operates and particularly how it manages its carbon footprint can have a significant impact not only on costs but also on its ability to win business.

The introduction of ISO 14001 in 2004 focused on providing a standard for a business to demonstrate green credentials and show it is measuring and controlling its impact on the environment. One of the major uses of energy and subsequent contributors to carbon footprint are in-house servers.

Even if your business decides not to invest in ISO accreditation, switching to the cloud is proven to result in a minimum 30% reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions over on-site servers. For SMEs the saving are likely to be even greater and can be as high as 90%.