Business growth is a good thing, though not without its challenges. Just as successful ideas start off small and grow over time, so do businesses. Today’s SMB might become tomorrow’s industry titan. Proper growth requires new and expanding solutions if a company expects their IT to keep up.
As companies grow, so do their teams and their IT needs. An increased staff means more technology resources. Not to mention additional networking needs and greater bandwidth to support increased data traffic.
For many SMBs there will come a point where replacing, upgrading and housing expensive on-site equipment to support continued growth will cease to make sense.
That’s where cloud solutions can transform and supercharge a company’s growth trajectory. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and virtual desktops are just the start of what cloud computing can deliver a growing company.
It can also expand their staffing options (more in a minute about that).
Here are a few quick ways that cloud solutions can help your company grow with minimal pain.
Scalability That Keeps Up With Expansion
Perhaps the biggest benefit cloud solutions can offer your growing company is the ability to scale your infrastructure up or down with a few clicks of your mouse. One of the biggest side effects growth brings is bandwidth limitations and network overload.
When you switch over to cloud computing, your network instantly becomes scalable thanks to pay-as-you-grow solutions.
Rather than you having to make costly investments in hardware (think new servers and computers), cloud computing can provide unlimited vertical and horizontal scalability to meet your needs. This keeps your company from ever running into a situation where a lack of available resources hinders performance.
Or worse, causes downtime and lost productivity.
The specific solution for your company depends on your business’s unique combination of systems and software. But exchanging the upfront costs of adding more infrastructure for a flat monthly service fee means your company can focus on serving your customers while improving IT budget management.
Remote Access Through Mobility
Cloud solutions can also provide excellent mobility for your team, increasing productivity and expanding your work outside the confines of the physical office. The secure remote access that cloud technologies provide means your team can access sensitive data and systems from anywhere, anytime.
This means less downtime, more productivity, and more chances for growth.
By the way, that mobility carries over to personal devices, specifically smartphones. Cloud mobility allows your team to access data and systems in real time from devices on hand, increasing workplace connectivity.
Expanded Staffing Options
Though perhaps not the right fit for every company, there are plenty of SMBs that exist in smaller regions and markets which might not have as wide of a talent pool for new hires as they would like.
The remote access and mobility provided by the cloud equips your company to take on remote employees, or expand out into new markets and offices without suffering from connectivity or communication issues.
In the cloud, all files and systems update in real time, so all employees or potential hires get access to the latest versions of documents or other projects from almost anywhere in the world. Imagine what that kind of hiring pool could do to drive your growth!
Cloud Solutions Are the Future, Right Now
The cloud’s advantages go way beyond what they can do for your staff expansion needs. And it would be insincere of us to tell you that cloud computing is the future because, in truth, cloud computing has already nearly become the standard for SMBs and industry titans alike.
If your company is on an upward trajectory and you haven’t already considered a switch to cloud solutions, there’s no time like the present to get on board. Imagine all the future growing pains you’ll avoid!