9/2/2016
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Why Small & Medium Businesses Should Embrace Cloud Computing?

In simple terms, cloud computing refers to computing based on Internet. While in the past, applications or programs were run from software downloaded on physical computer/server, Cloud computing has enabled people access all such applications via the internet.

Is this the only reason why so many small & medium businesses are making a move to the cloud? No, actually there are many other benefits offered by Cloud.

As per a recent survey done by a reputed analyst firm, 95 percent respondents are using Cloud this year which is two percent more from the 93 percent in 2015. In the coming years, these figures are expected to rise further considering the benefits Cloud offers.


Here are all the major benefits of Cloud computing listed below -

Flexibility

Businesses with fluctuating bandwidth demands benefit the most from Cloud-based services. If your requirements increase or decrease, you can quite easily scale up or down your Cloud capacity.  

Such level of agility provides businesses embracing Cloud computing the much-needed competitive advantage – it’s thus not surprising why CIOs and IT Directors in companies rate ‘operational agility’ as a major driver for Cloud adoption.Disaster recovery

It’s said that businesses of all sizes need to invest in robust disaster recovery. However, for smaller businesses lacking the required expertise and capital; this turns out to be far from reality. As an in-demand technology, Cloud is now helping several small organizations buck that advantage.

Automatic software updates

Cloud servers are usually off-premise, out of sight, and totally out of your reach. This simply means you need not care about the software updates as Cloud vendors take care of them for you. They roll out security updates from time to time that keeps you relieved of the task of maintaining the system yourself. So, you are free to focus on other things to grow your business.

Capital-expenditure Free

With Cloud computing, high cost of hardware are reduced to almost nil. You get the leverage to pay as you go while enjoying a subscription-based model. Adding to it the ease of setup & management, your scary IT project seems a lot friendlier.

Increased collaboration

As your teams get to access, edit and effectively share documents anytime while being anywhere, they provide a better output together. By the virtue of Cloud-based workflows and file sharing apps, they can make real time updates besides getting complete visibility of their collaborations.

The more employees & partners get to collaborate on documents, greater becomes the need for better document control. Earlier, employees had to send data files back & forth in form of email attachments.  Moreover, a single user was supposed to use a file at a time.

Sooner or later, there can be mess related to conflicting file content, titles and formats.

And as the smallest companies are becoming more global, complication would rise for sure. According to a recent study, "73 percent knowledge workers effectively collaborate with people in varying time zones at least monthly".

Finally, it can be said that if you are still relying on old way, the time has come to go for something more streamlined – Cloud.

About the Author

Deepak Nautiyal is the chief editor at Techarex Networks. Using his vast experience in business and technology domains, he has produced several articles and blogs on a variety of subjects related to business and QuickBook Cloud Hosting. In his free time, he loves surfing the web and exploring interesting places around the world.