Remember when you used to buy CDs or even record albums so you could listen to all your favorite songs or bands? Now you can listen to all that music with a subscription service like Spotify or Pandora. Understanding the top reasons to move to the cloud include a similar shift in mindset.
In a sense, you’ve switched from having physical recordings in your home (an on-premise or on-premises solution) to tapping into music that’s stored virtually (a cloud solution).
Top Reasons to Move to the Cloud
Businesses can now take advantage of all the same benefits, but sometimes decision-makers aren’t sure if moving to cloud computing is worthwhile. At Intrust IT, we let clients know that top reasons to move to the cloud include:
- Financial savings
- Streamlined operations
- Increased security
The Silver Lining
By relying on in-house (or on-premise) equipment for your business or organization, you risk downtime. Say your email server goes down, for instance. While you wait to get it back online, your business isn’t operating at highest capacity. Lower productivity costs money. With a cloud-based email service, uptime is 99 percent, so it’s virtually always accessible.
Keeping It Simple
From always having the latest updates to software to easily sharing files and collaborating, cloud computing streamlines operations. Office 365, for instance, offers One Drive for storage, Sharepoint for document management, Teams for easy communication and customizable flows to automate functions.
A cloud solution like Office 365 offers many security features that on-premise Exchange doesn’t have. Notably, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is built in along with a range of customizable security features. Depending on how much you want to invest, you can really lock down your company’s email environment. In a world where cyber phishing scams are running rampant, tightening email security can help you breathe a sigh of relief.
Other more complex financial, marketing, operations, ERP and other software instances that run your business may offer cloud solutions that will simplify management and possibly increase security now too. If you are looking to move a complex system to the cloud, we offer hands-on cloud project services in Cincinnati and would love to talk about your project.