Is Your Business Stuck on Land or Living on the Cloud?
The Social is proud to have several IT companies in its membership. From managed IT to custom software development, our members can handle any IT challenge.
One IT service that has transformed the way many companies do business is cloud computing. The cloud has made it easier for teams to work faster and more collaboratively, even when team members are working remotely. Discover why so many businesses are moving into the cloud.
Cloud Computing Definition
Cloud computing doesn’t actually put your data into the atmosphere. There isn’t some giant Google behemoth looming 10,000 feet over Nevada. Cloud computing is simply moving your business data and software from private servers you maintain on-site to off-site data centers, where you can access the data and applications you need, when you need them, wherever you have an internet connection.
What Can Go on the Cloud
Virtually anything you do on your computer can be supported by the cloud (though not everything). You can create and store documents and spreadsheets, keep your books, and manage projects with cloud-based services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, QuickBooks, and Asana.
It’s likely there are industry-specific cloud-based services for you to take advantage of, too, such as design applications for graphic designers, telematics for fleet management companies, and property management apps for commercial property managers.
Is the Cloud Right for Your Business?
It depends. Most businesses can benefit from putting at least one or two services on the cloud. Data backup is one service that cloud computing has made easier and more scalable.
But some operations and even some businesses aren’t great fits for cloud computing.
Whatever your business, you need to have cyber security policies and procedures in place to protect your data and your customers’ data, but this is even more important for businesses that handle sensitive information. Some companies decide that they are better off by centralizing their data on a private server they maintain themselves.
If you’re wondering if cloud computing is right for your business, members of The Social can help. The Social is the place to network with the area’s best IT professionals. For your chance to meet them, schedule your free tour today.