In a traditional operating model, companies tend to purchase equipment or lease it, and then install everything in their own locations. Everything was physically in one place, you could see and touch all the equipment you needed to run your business; servers, PC, storage, phone systems – all humming away in your office IT room (or under your desk!).
As technology advanced (access to more affordable high speed, reliable networks and internet access), instead of having to manage your own IT estate, companies started to buy ‘cloud’ services from trusted IT providers. Cloud providers are able to take away all the hassle of keeping up-to-date with hardware, licences, software support, compliance, security and back up and provide a simple monthly charge that includes everything under one contract.
Sounds a no-brainer right? For an SME there are other benefits too. By moving core equipment (such as telephone systems, storage and applications) into the Cloud, it also allows your workforce to work more flexibly – you are no longer bound to a physical office as all the services you need can be accessed wherever there is a secure internet connection.
There’s a business continuity benefit too – having everything in the Cloud means that your business can carry on trading even if you aren’t able to get to your office. Finally, it allows SME’s to buy ‘outcomes’, buying a service rather than individual components you are responsible for managing yourself.
So the Cloud is not just about ‘storage’ services, there’s a whole host of professional IT services available that will help reduce the cost to run your business, lessen the need for expensive in-house technical resource, enable you to work from anywhere, anytime, and allow you to focus on doing what you do best, serving your customers and driving efficiency.
The question therefore is not will you start your journey into the cloud, but when. Now is the time to unlock potential with Cloud based technologies.
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