The series is from Chartered Accountant, consultant and author, Jeff Borschowa, from his book, 8 Pillars for Exponential Business Growth. The series is focused on how to find new and better ways to integrate innovation and technology to enhance the customer experience and improve efficiency in the accounting process.
Part 2 – Core Benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud solutions can provide greater security. However, the real benefits usually revolve around availability, cost effectiveness, flexibility and scalability.
Cloud providers will usually have a written guarantee to demonstrate that their systems will be available. Most offer some variant of 99.99% “up time”. You can even get greater up time, usually measured by another 0.009%, if you are willing to pay higher fees. It all comes down to how much down time will impact your business.
Cloud solutions are cost effective, flexible and scalable, because you can often pay only for what you need. If you need five users, you pay for five users. If you add a sixth user, you pay for one more. Cloud solutions are built on large-scale hardware, so they can easily accommodate the addition or removal of team members on your side. We will focus more on costs in the next section, virtual versus physical servers.
Our special guest contributor this month is Shannon Valanne of CloudLinx Hosted Services Inc., Big Business IT for Small Business – a cloud-based company that lowers small businesses’ technology expenses while improving their flexibility.
Are you thinking about moving your business to the Cloud, but aren’t sure if the Cloud is right for you? Are you looking for ways to be more profitable without sacrificing quality service to your clients? Overwhelmed with trying to maintain your technology but can’t afford to purchase state of the art hardware and/or hire an IT team? Let me introduce you to our Cloud!
As a small business entrepreneur, you know how important your bottom line is. Deciding the best way to be profitable and save money, yet still provide the service of the Big Guys, can be a challenge.
When deciding to take your business to the Cloud, you should seek out different providers and ask many questions. Then evaluate the needs of your company. Are you looking for sanity, knowing your data is always safe? Are you tired of spending money replacing hardware? Maybe the remote access is attractive; not being tied to an office chair allows you to live the life you deserve and take your accounting software out of the office!