Cloud computing has been front and centre of the global shift to remote working. Today’s blog post will be focussing on how you can maximise cloud computing technology to benefit your business.
The on-set of the COVID-19 pandemic rendered many business practices obsolete, for example, face-to-face brainstorming sessions, team building activities and even the entire concept of the office. Many companies globally have made the move to make their company fully remote in the wake of the pandemic. These changes in how businesses are being run have accelerated the adoption of certain technologies that might be worth holding on to even as the world recovers.
This includes cloud computing.
Previously on the blog, we’ve covered three things you didn’t know about cloud computing, but in today’s post we’ll be discussing seven ways you can use cloud solutions in your business. After which, you will get a clearer picture of why you should at least consider moving some of your business to the cloud – something that we, at Aberdeen Cyber Security, can help with.
#1 Remote Collaboration
By its very nature, cloud connectivity allows you and your team to collaborate in real-time from anywhere in the world – so long as you have internet access.
Services like those offered by Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive, among others, can allow you and your staff greater flexibility to work from anywhere. With remote collaboration, you don’t have to worry about being tethered to your office or headquarters.
#2 Business Continuity
Ever had a laptop crash on you while you’re working on something important? Or had a hard drive suddenly become unreadable when you desperately need the files in it, and when you try to recover the data you need, you are told those are gone forever?
Moving your data to the cloud can help prevent such headaches. One of the central features of most cloud-based apps is automatic backup and recovery options. So, even if your team experiences a power outage or hardware malfunctions while working on something important, all it takes to recover their hard work is a click or two.
One of the more widespread applications of the cloud is file storage services.
Even if your business is not tech-heavy, you surely have a need for a significant file storage capacity. In fact, it’s no longer advisable – if it ever was – to keep your inventory logs, client information databases, and even employee information on physical, on-site archives.
Storing everything on the cloud will also allow you to access to all these documents anywhere you are. And if security is your concern, know that as the owner and administrator of a small business’s cloud, you can also have full control over who gets to access these files.
If you want to run a more sustainable business, moving all your files to the cloud can also empower your operations to go fully paperless.
#4 Data Security
We understand that data security is one of the biggest reasons why business owners have been cautious about exploring the cloud. That may have been a valid and pressing concern when the cloud was still in incubation, but the industry has made great leaps since then.
While you would still need to play your part in securing sensitive data, most cloud service providers have now equipped their products with extra security measures. One example is the decentralisation of data through blockchain technology. This makes the information stored on the cloud much harder for hackers and cybercriminals to crack.
#5 Scalable Growth Planning
A common misconception surrounding cloud services is that it requires a considerable upfront investment. But in reality, cloud solutions are very much scalable.
What does this mean?
It means you can always pay for the services and access level you need for now. For example, you can start with paying for the smallest storage capacity and just move some of your files to the cloud. Eventually, you can increase your usage as your business grows.
Since the cloud is also self-managed by the providers, you may be able to eliminate the need for an in-house IT staff to manage your data and tech needs.
As you scale your business, your cloud services can simply scale with it.
#6 Cloud-Based Email
Are you still hosting your company’s email client on your own servers? Or perhaps you haven’t gotten around to creating personalised or individualised email addresses for your staff?
This is another area where you can maximise cloud services. By moving your email hosting to a cloud-powered solution, you won’t have to manage or invest in servers to run your business email. The cloud service provider will now be responsible for that. On top of it all, cloud-hosted email is usually more affordable than on-site servers.
While the pandemic may not have rendered brick and mortar stores completely obsolete, it has increased your customers’ reliance on online shopping. If you are running an online store or are thinking of moving your physical store online, cloud-based e-commerce is definitely the way to go.
Platforms like Shopify have simply been unparalleled, both in each of use and cost, that doing away with an in-house store management solution is now a no-brainer.
Cloud-based e-commerce platforms are also a breeze to scale without the costly investment in the necessary hardware.
Now that you know how helpful cloud solutions can be for your business, we’ll leave it to you to decide when it’s the right time to take the leap. If you need more information on cloud solutions or if you require assistance in moving your business operations, we’d be happy to assist. We’ve completed many different migrations for a wide range of clients, from a few Gigabytes stored on USBs to many Terabytes of data to Azure. Moving to the cloud is something that we, at Aberdeen Cyber Security, highly recommend and would be happy to help with the migration.