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The Value of Cloud Computing for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

Cloud computing history might not be a lengthy one, but it is quickly gaining ground as a major game changer for many small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs)—and for good reasons. From cloud storage, email, and web applications to document management and offsite backups, cloud computing offers many benefits that will help growing enterprises streamline operations, improve efficiencies, and reduce costs.

Here are some of the main reasons why cloud computing offers a viable solution for so many businesses.

Cost Savings

Cloud computing is very cost effective. Businesses can avoid expensive upfront investments for hardware, software, maintenance, and management fees, thus decreasing fixed overhead costs. With this flexible utility based service, you only pay for what you use. Another advantage of cloud computing is not having to continually pay to replace obsolete programs—up-to-date versions are always available on the cloud, helping you stay current on emerging trends, and allowing you to meet the growing demands of your business.

Accessibility

One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is the ability to access data and applications anytime, anywhere, using any device. Because your files are accessed via the Internet—no longer stored on one single computer—management and employees have 24/7 access to data from any phone, tablet, laptop, or computer by simply logging into an account. As long as you can connect to the Internet, you can work on your files and data anywhere.

Flexibility

Cloud computing also enables you to share your files and collaborate with other people in real time. This provides business owners with greater flexibility and accessibility, allowing you to sync up and work on documents on the go, helping to increase productivity, as well as saving you time and money.

Security Issues in Cloud Computing

The cloud delivers essential security services remotely over the Internet. If your computer device is lost, stolen or broken, your data is secure because it is safely stored in the cloud. What’s more, using the cloud to back up data off-site is an effective solution to help protect your data from viruses, malware, and cyber criminals.

Cloud Computing will help you save money while also freeing up your time so you can get back to what you do best—running your business.

Are You Thinking About Putting Your Business in The Cloud?

At Safe Harbour, we will provide an informative introduction to cloud computing and discuss how we can integrate it to your business practices. We will carefully examine your current IT infrastructure, going over all the pros and cons of cloud computing to ensure it is the right fit for your business needs.

For more information about our IT services, call 604-295-5355 or toll free 877-974-2726.