In today’s world, the benefits to businesses of adopting cloud based software are proving their worth. In past there may have been some hesitation around ‘the cloud’, and there possibly still is. Understanding exactly what it is, how it works and how it can help is important.
So what is The Cloud?
The cloud refers to servers that are accessed over the Internet, and the software and databases that run on those servers. The cloud enables users to access the same files and applications from almost any device, because the computing and storage takes place on servers in a data centre, instead of locally on the user’s device / machine.
Cloud based software used by businesses keeps staff connected and encourages team work. The transition from office to home is a smooth one, meaning less disruption to daily tasks.
- Cloud based solutions support a dispersed workforce, giving team’s access anytime and anywhere. Integration across multiple systems such as ERP, Sage and document management systems means work can continue uninterrupted.
- Without access to the cloud, businesses may face slow VPN connection, difficulty accessing shared folders and reduced collaboration between employees.
- Software in the Cloud is usually low maintenance, as any needed should be carried out by the service provider. System upgrades and any support needs are taken care of, freeing up IT departments.
- Security can be provided above and beyond that of what a company could do on its own due to economies of scale.
With cloud based software, employees have easy access to the information they need to do their jobs effectively. A collaborative platform make adjusting to the “new normal” less stressful and more sustainable.