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The top 4 things that take you out of compliance

As the leader of an evolving organization, you’re expected to keep employee and customer data as secure as possible. However, aging technology and processes sometimes result in disconnects and even mistakes that interfere with regulatory compliance requirements. For example, the financial industry is rife with examples of tax and recordkeeping violations, and the penalties can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

So, what are common mistakes that cause otherwise responsible organizations in various fields to fall out of compliance when they make the move to new solutions? The following are some examples that you should avoid to minimize your risk of missing compliance requirements.

1. Forgetting about GDPR

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) went into effect in May 2018, and while they primarily affect European companies, they also affect American companies that collect, maintain or process personal data for people living in the European Union. If your business has no dealings whatsoever with folks in the EU, that’s one thing, but in today’s global economy, it’s best to be ready if you decide to expand at some point in the future.

Regardless, these regulations are a good standard to strive for. They require that businesses be aware of the types of data they collect, keep on top of security breaches and follow a clear, transparent consent process, among other things. For example, as an article in CSO explains, “Opting for a mailing list does not give the small-business owner the ability to use a customer’s data for something else unless this is outlined. Individuals should also know how to withdraw from your database at any time.”

Regardless, these regulations are a good standard to strive for. They require that businesses be aware of the types of data they collect, stay ahead of security breaches and follow a clear, transparent consent process, among other things. For example, as an article in CSO explains, “Opting in for a mailing list does not give the small-business owner the ability to use a customer’s data for something else unless this is outlined. Individuals should also know how to withdraw from your database at any time.”

It’s a good idea to keep GDPR in mind as you move to the cloud.

2. Not checking out third parties thoroughly

It’s likely that your business is partnering with at least one vendor to implement and improve cloud solutions. Perhaps a managed services provider is handling this for you, or maybe your business uses an offsite data center. In both cases, it’s still your responsibility to ensure that vendors and other subcontractors follow these guidelines to protect data and maintain the same level of security.

3. Allowing BYOD without a tight policy

Bring your own device (BYOD) policies are popular in many businesses, but they can backfire if the policies don’t follow a strict set of security protocols. For example, it’s necessary to have data encryption and strong password requirements to address any security issues with apps or software. Make sure you have an adequate BYOD policy in place when moving to the cloud or allowing employees to use their own cell phones, tablets and computers.

4. Collecting unnecessary information

Many customers don’t think twice about turning over personal data such as Social Security numbers, even for something as simple as a fishing license. However, as a general rule, if certain pieces of customer data aren’t needed, don’t collect them. If you do have a good reason for collecting the data that you do, explain your rationale to customers and share how you’ll use their data.

Aside from not having a disaster recovery plan or not providing adequate training for your employees, you should be able to meet compliance requirements if you avoid the four mistakes discussed here.

If you need help navigating the ever-changing landscape, you can always contact us. After all, shoring up your environment to meet compliance is vital to your success. Being aware of the security benefits that cloud computing offers will inform the steps you take to keep your company’s data as secure as possible.

What is file sync and how could your business use it?

File sync is a way for your business to easily access files and to see any changes immediately. It is one advantage of cloud computing and enables your personnel, no matter where they are, to work from the most recent versions of images, text, video, graphics and even music.

With this technology, you can recruit a remote workforce in different time zones, boost productivity, offer employees more flexibility and convenience, and turn around work quicker and with fewer errors.

Here’s a look at why all of the above items are achievable with file sync.

Time savings

With file sync, you no longer have to stress over whether you’re working from the most recent version of a file. Nor do you have to call five colleagues working on a project to ask if they made any changes.

Whatever you’re working on will be the most recent version of the file.

In addition, you should be able to see who made what changes and when, and access older versions of the file without affecting its current state.

More efficient collaboration

Many programs allow you to work on a file in real time with other colleagues and even see who is doing what. This comes in especially helpful when each of you is responsible for your own portion of a project saved on one file.

Work on multiple devices

There’s no need to be tied to a computer any longer.

For example, you’ve probably started a paper or presentation on your desktop, and at some point, worked on it using your laptop, tablet or cellphone—maybe all three. Without file sync, this process can be tedious. It involves a lot of emailing, downloading and transferring. And there’s always a chance you’ll mistakenly work from an outdated version.

With file sync, all you have to do is open the file no matter which device you are on and start working. The only requirement is to have internet access.

Financial savings

File sync saves your business money in several ways, including the following:

  • Less office space needed (because you may have more employees working out of the office or remotely)
  • Fewer overhead costs and fewer costs of doing business (due to less office space needed)
  • Less local file storage space is required (because file sync is done via cloud computing)

There are also indirect savings through improved employee efficiency. 62 percent of your employees may be more productive working outside of the office, according to Softchoice.

Fewer errors and quicker turnaround

Employees access the same version of a file no matter how many devices have been included and how many revisions have been made. You’re able to see who made changes and when. In the big picture, this leads to fewer errors and happier clients.

The data in the file is simply more trustworthy. For example, file tampering or employee manipulation of information is much harder to do with file sync because there’s history of the changes.

Along the same lines, employees can turn work around more quickly when they’re able to work across multiple devices and from multiple locations. This can be especially nice, even necessary, in industries where clients expect immediate responses.

The importance of secure file sharing

There is, however, one critical thing to keep in mind—file sync should be secure.

Some ways to ensure proper security include smart password management, encryption and two-factor authentication. Your workplace also needs a good BYOD policy and guidelines on using public Wi-Fi networks.

Additionally, only grant employees access to the files they need to do their work. It’s not necessary (and could be risky) for someone in project development to have access to the same files the accountants have access to and vice versa.

The cloud and your business: what you need to know

When it comes to your business, you know the value of relying on proven practices to get the job done. You also know that there comes a time when a bold, new approach is really needed to improve efficiency and meet demand. Businesses all across the country are moving to the cloud because they know that the cloud will give them a competitive edge of others in their industry.

When it comes to technology, things move at a rapid pace. We put together this guide to help you understand the many benefits of migrating over to the cloud. Learn how the cloud can transform the way you work and give you an advantage over your competitors.

Simplicity

Most businesses rely on technology to manage their daily operations. Managing on-site IT involves software installation and upgrades, security patches, and troubleshooting issues. It is a full-time job that many small businesses cannot afford to employ. Most businesses outsource to busy IT consultants, or they rely on a member of their staff to provide IT support. Either option can cost you time and money and put your business at risk. If you don’t have an IT specialist on staff, cloud-based software can simplify your life.  Choose your provider carefully to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in their ability to handle your needs. Your cloud provider will handle all updates for you off-site. This means you will have a full staff of experts working to make sure you are always up to date and secure.

Minimize downtime

When you rely on technology to keep things going, downtime can be a critical problem. Natural disasters, accidents, or theft can destroy data that is stored only on hard-drives or local servers. According to FEMA, almost 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. Cloud storage keeps your files updated and your applications online in the event of a disruption, big or small. The cloud automates backups which remove the risk of human error. If your on-site server goes down, cloud services ensure that your business doesn’t miss a beat. Regardless of the cause, when interruptions hit the cloud helps to minimize downtime and keep your business going.

Mobility

One of the many benefits of the cloud is the ability for employees to work remote. As of 2017, up to 25% of Americans worked from home at least some of the time. Cloud services are a game-changer for mobility. You will no longer have to save files to a USB drive or email them to yourself for later. The cloud allows you to access your files anywhere there is an internet connection. For people who travel often, such as those in sales, the cloud minimizes the stress of working on the go. Never again will you have to worry about leaving behind the latest version of a contract or proposal. As many benefits as there are to mobility with the cloud, there are certain security risks. This is why it is vital to establish written policies about the use of personal devices by employees.

Security

It is a myth to assume that your small business is safe from online threats because of its size. In reality, small businesses are a popular target of online hackers. Businesses of all sizes must work hard to stay abreast of the latest security threats. Your business is not immune to threats like hacking, malware, and ransomware. By housing your data in the cloud you can reduce the effect of any breach. When you use cloud services you can rest assured that your data is in good hands. It is automatically backed up and protected by experts in the field of cloud security.

It is also important to understand how to prevent and respond to cloud-specific security threats. Methods of prevention include employee education, data encryption, access controls, and governance policies.

Affordability

One of the biggest benefits of moving over to the cloud is the opportunity to cut costs. This is achieved by eliminating onsite servers, software, and associated maintenance fees. You can also remove server costs and extend the life of your existing workstations. By moving over to a subscription-based cloud service, you pay only for what you need. This means significantly reduced operational and capital costs, which makes for better IT budgeting.

Flexibility and Scalability

Cloud services come in a variety of options, depending on the needs of your business.

  • In the public cloud data is easily accessible from anywhere.
  • A private cloud is a safe way for businesses to host security compliant applications. For enterprise businesses that are looking for both security and mobility, a private cloud may be the ideal solution.
  • The hybrid cloud combines the accessibility of the public cloud with the security of the private cloud. Applications and data can move across clouds or your data center with minimal downtime. Many businesses prefer the hybrid model because of its efficient use of both private and public clouds.

The cloud also offers the opportunity to scale up or down according to required storage. Unlike on-site servers, which have a finite capacity, you can easily adjust your storage space with the cloud. As your business changes and grows, you can scale the cloud to meet your needs– no more equipment purchases required.

Evolving technology

The cloud came on the scene in 2010, and in recent years it has become clear that the cloud is the future. This is an exciting time to get on board with cloud services. Latest industry trends promise great things for the future of cloud computing. We continue to see rapid advancement in cloud technology. As cloud technology matures, it is on the brink of becoming mainstream in business, the same way that the internet did around the turn of the Millennium.

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3 Ways to Save Your SMB Money with Technology

For many businesses, technology is an enigma. Does it help things run smoother, or does it cause massive hiccups that disrupt the flow of business?

If you aren’t careful, it’s the latter.

The key to taming the wild beast that is technology is to generally understand how each part of it works for you. Once you fit the pieces of the IT puzzle together, you can use your technology to propel you forward rather than hold you back.

Here are three ways to save your SMB money and improve the way you work.

1. Consolidate Your Tech Tools

Many organizations overlook a simple fact – they have too many tools. That can be true for both hardware and software. For example, you may have multiple servers taking up space and running up costs.

Moving some of your applications to the cloud can consolidate the amount of hardware you need while lowering your costs in the process.

The same is true for software – you don’t need to pay for multiple software licenses if you can find a platform that can do it all for you.

Related: Transform Your Work Environment with the Cloud

Consolidating your technology also inherently decreases labor costs due to simplified management. In other words, you don’t have to spend a long time managing multiple things if they’re all in one centralized location.

2. Look for Potential Efficiencies

Paper costs add up. Printing costs vary, but remain expensive in large quantities. Even when getting rid of sensitive physical information, secure shredding and disposal costs can quickly rack up.

Utilize digital copies and methods whenever possible. Going digital instantly frees your organization of many unnecessary costs.

Technological efficiencies don’t just exist at the file/folder level, either. Turning your office space into a “smart” office connected by an internal network gives you better control over all your devices.

This concept of interconnecting devices is known as the internet-of-things (IoT). Organizations are using it as a way to efficiently manage costs related to lighting, heating, cooling, and much more.

Did you know? IoT endpoints will grow to 30 billion by 2020.

3. Get a Proper IT Partnership Going

IT support is a very broad term to say “we do IT stuff”. So what exactly does that stuff entail? Anything, really – from day-to-day helpdesk tickets helping Cheryl with her emails to migrating the server to the cloud.

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The question you must ask yourself is this: do I need an in-house IT team? Or, if you have one, ask yourself this: Can they really do it all by themselves?

For smaller organizations, outsourcing the IT makes sense. You get a team of experienced professionals at a flat rate without having to hire, train, and variably compensate additional employees.

For larger organizations that have mission-critical in-house IT departments, outsourced IT specialists are key. They can save you money by following through on projects for a set rate. You don’t have to hire a network specialist to configure a few servers here and there.

Proper IT partnerships can cut costs and put capital back in your company where you need it most.

 

5 cloud benefits to give your business an advantage

Everyone uses the cloud to some extent. Yet, the more that companies take advantage of this technology, the more of a competitive edge they can gain over their competitors. Some of the benefits of the cloud include ease of scalability, reduced need for IT resources, higher flexibility and increased innovation — which all leads to reduced costs and an advantage over competitors.

Ease of Scalability

One of the greatest benefits of cloud services is their ease of scalability. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine the IT needs of a business. The cloud allows companies to scale their needs up or down as necessary.

This can help to reduce waste and drive down the cost of services. Companies won’t end up paying for services they don’t use while using cloud services — as long as they adapt to their businesses’ changing needs and scale down when necessary.

In other words, there’s no need to change a business to fit its IT needs any longer. Instead, IT needs can change to fit any business.

Related: The Evolution of Cloud Computing

Higher Cost Savings

There’s no doubt about it: servers are extremely expensive. When companies no longer need to pay for expensive servers, they can use that money in their budgets for more important costs. The cloud removes the need for expensive onsite servers. It also cuts down on software and maintenance costs.

This technology can also help to extend the life of workstation investments.

Did you know: 85%of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy.

Higher Workstation Flexibility

Since the cloud is akin to an online server, employees can work from virtually anywhere. There’s no longer a need to travel to an office and access an on-site server — or even to log on to a server remotely.

This can help to cut down on office and workstation costs. Instead of investing money in an office building, businesses can invest that money in technology, innovation, and customer service.

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Reduce IT Costs

The cloud can help to reduce IT costs across the board, from CAPEX to OPEX costs.

CAPEX costs (or capital expenditures) add very little value to the company but increase the operating costs. OPEX costs (or operating expenditures) can add value to a company only if they are necessary to the day-to-day operations and increase overall productivity.

Yet when a company can cut some of these costs altogether, the company will run more efficiently. Companies can save both time and money can by cutting these expenses from the budget.

Increased Innovation

Cloud innovations are increasing by a significant margin every year. Not only are startups taking advantage of cloud-based services, but large corporations are also swapping in their expensive servers for the cloud.

This technology has evolved from simply storing information and applications on an online server to offering important data analysis services.

When it comes to the cloud, companies that take advantage of these online services have an advantage over companies that still use exclusively on-site private servers.

Did you know: 78% of executives said their teams lack the cloud skills required to achieve their five-year plans.

Embracing Cloud Computing

The companies that embrace this new technology will have a competitive edge over the companies that resist these changes. One way that companies can maintain this type of edge is by recruiting young professionals with cloud-based work solutions.

Young professionals want the ability to work anywhere at anytime. They also understand the importance of integrating social media services into the corporate culture. Cloud computing can help companies embrace new technology as it develops, and it can help to attract the types of employees who are willing to embrace that technology.

Learn more about cloud computing with EaseTech.

Want Young Professionals? Migrate to the Cloud First

Millennials have been flooding into the workforce. Around the globe, business owners must learn how to engage this new generation by adapting to a new system of working. (Hint: This mostly has to do with cloud computing.)

A recent survey showed a few interesting things about the millennial workforce. Check out some of the highlights:

  • 44% of millennials, if given the choice, would leave their current employers in the next two years.
  • 66% of millennials expect to leave their current positions by 2020.
  • Just 16% of millennials see themselves with their current employers a decade from now.

It’s interesting to consider how willing to change a new wave of employees are.

So, the question remains, how do you attract young professionals who produce quality work but who also won’t bounce the moment the opportunity arises? The answer is in cloud computing.

Related: The Evolution of Cloud Computing

Work Anywhere, Anytime

Many new employees want to work from home, even if it’s a few days a week. This option used to be off the table because cybersecurity and data loss prevention created difficult, if not impossible, obstacles.

In addition, virtualization capabilities enable cloud providers to deliver highly scalable solutions that allow you to convert would be CAPEX purchases, like computers and servers, into OPEX line items.

BYOD

Cloud-driven mobility makes way for businesses to finally employ true BYOD (bring your own device) programs. Gone are the days where employees have to be tethered to a desk and working from outdated devices that don’t enable greater productivity. With ever increasing internet speeds, VoIP, and cloud-based business solutions, you can now appeal to a larger cross-section of millennials who seek a choice in the devices they use for work. The cloud’s inherent nature of enabling users to work securely and efficiently from anywhere, at any time is now both a strength and benefit for the modern office that’s ready launch new BYOD policies.

Social Media Tools

Millennials love their social media. And it doesn’t end with work. Staying engaged with coworkers and employees is a high priority. By deploying tools to keep your workforce “together,” you can appeal to the generations desire to remain a part of the team, no matter where they are.

Collaboration, likewise, can be greatly enhanced when using the cloud-based web and video conferencing. Instant messaging tools, like Slack, can keep your team fully engaged even when working out of the office.

“By 2020, Millennials will comprise more than one of three adult Americans. It is estimated that by 2025 they will make up as much as 75 percent of the workforce.  Millennials’ desire for pragmatic action that drives results will overtake today’s emphasis on ideology and polarization as Boomers finally fade from the scene. Thus, understanding the generation’s values offers a window into the future of corporate America.” – Brookings Institute

The EaseTech Cloud Computing Solution

In the grand scheme of things, cloud computing is the way of the future, both for your business and for your workforce. But migration to the cloud can be tricky, and costly if not done correctly.

At EaseTech, we’ve created a cloud computing solution to help businesses attract the best talent from the incoming job pool. Contact us today to talk about your business and the cloud.

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The Evolution of Cloud Computing

It’s hard to imagine life before the internet. A world filled with papercuts and ink stains where we all looked up to the clouds, hoping for something better. Coincidentally, we were looking in the right direction.

Cloud computing caught on after the turn of the 21st Century – after the dot-com bubble burst in the early 2000s. Understanding how cloud computing has evolved over the years offers a unique perspective on the speed by which technology travels.

Early Days of Cloud Computing

The cloud, and its related services, wasn’t some technology that CIOs and business leaders inherently knew what to do with when it first became truly useful. Because there wasn’t much information available about cloud computing and the benefits associated with it, maximizing cloud ROI was difficult.

Not only were computers, servers and other required IT infrastructure especially cost prohibitive for businesses, but there was no clear-cut and widely accepted definition of what cloud computing actually was, what it meant, or even what benefit it held for companies.

Once the dot-com bubble burst, the remaining technology companies that survived realized they had to figure out a better way of doing things.

Amazon was the first to invest heavily in cloud computing, and they officially entered the cloud market in 2006. As a matter of fact, other than MySpace, it was Amazon that actually pioneered cloud computing and proved it a worthwhile investment for other companies. By 2008, Google became more than just a search engine as they too expanded into the cloud space.

However, the public cloud still wasn’t born and wasn’t perceived in such a positive way as it is today. IT attention shifted focus to “private clouds,” and companies such as Microsoft, Rackspace and others who had the technological capabilities and understanding to implement cloud computing solutions for the marketplace were happy to play on the fears of data security to cause a dramatic market shift into private clouds for several years.

Cloud Computing Today

Cloud computing as we know it today, with a great deal of trust placed in the public cloud, as well as hybrid cloud solutions, began in 2010. Rackspace and NASA actually teamed up to launch the open source platform OpenStack. This joint venture paved the way for companies and individuals to test applications in a private lab of sorts before rolling out those applications for the public on the public cloud. Without this partnership, it’s impossible to predict exactly when we would have been comfortable accepting the public cloud and all the benefits it has to offer.

It wasn’t long before the hybrid cloud was born, which combines public and private cloud environments for the best of both worlds – maximum access to productivity tools and applications, but maximum security as well. This occurred in 2011 and the market hasn’t looked back since. We now see that over 70% of enterprise companies have adopted some form of cloud applications within their business model, more and more organizations adopting mobile workforce strategies, and business owners and individuals alike having a much better understanding of the benefits cloud computing provides.

The Future of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is here to stay. It’s become so widely adopted and integrated so deeply into the daily lives of people, and the day-to-day operations of practically every business on the planet that it truly isn’t going anywhere. However, the major issues facing cloud computing today have much to do with security.

New online security threats are being developed, deployed and discovered every single day. These threats are a great risk to cloud computing providers, services and those relying on them because a devastating cyber attack has the potential to bring a company down for weeks, if not months. The costs associated with recovering from such events are so staggering that many SMBs end up shutting their doors within six months of data loss or critical downtime events.

That’s why reputable IT companies such as EaseTech, and many other major corporations in the industry, are doing all they can to develop new security tools and applications to proactively monitor and prevent such attacks from ever being an issue.

Learn more about cloud computing with EaseTech.

5 Reasons a Cloud Migration Means Less Work for You

Stop. Don’t buy that new server. Sure the old server is dusty, slow, behind-the-times. Sure it’s incompatible with some of your new systems. Maybe it shut down altogether, and you’re reading this at Starbucks across the street from your office. But we implore you: Rather than diving headfirst into another expensive piece of hardware that will inevitably fail you, consider cloud migration.

The reality is, you’re already utilizing the cloud. Actually, 90% of organizations use the cloud in some way. It may come in bits and pieces. Maybe you use Office 365 or ADP for payroll. But a true migration to the cloud could mean less work for you in the long run.

Here are our top 5 reasons cloud migration means less work for you.

No ongoing hardware maintenance.

The problem with servers, of course, is that they are machines. No matter how amazing they are out of the box, time and use wear them down. Just look at some of those Terminator movies if you don’t believe us. When the average lifespan of a server is three to five years, you may be looking down the barrel of pretty hefty investments every few years. That’s not to mention the cost of powering, managing and cooling your server room.

In the long run, a move to the cloud puts all the hardware maintenance on the data center, and you never have to worry about it.

No ongoing software maintenance.

The problem with software is maintenance (in terms of patches and updates) and licensing. If your server is on premise, then you essentially must roll out all the updates. Most businesses with on-premise servers have a tendency to do this at night when the fewest people are working. But this may require some overnight staffing to help maintain the integrity of the network.

With cloud-based software, your updates are automatic and behind-the-scenes, so you never experience the downtime, and you never have to worry about multiple versions of software throughout your organization, which can slow down productivity.

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No scaling guesswork.

Is your business growing? Are you adding staff left, right and center? Considering a three-to-five-year lifespan on servers, you have to guess what kind of storage you might need going several years out. Think, are your storage needs today going to meet your needs a few years from now? Is it worth paying for that “down the road” storage now, so you don’t have to invest in new equipment earlier than planned?

In the cloud, scalability is infinite. As your needs ebb and flow, so can your storage.

No complex BDR.

What do you do when your server room has a foot of water in it? How does your backup system work? BDR planning is a complex endeavor, made even more complex when adding critical hardware to the list. But a true cloud migration can give you the power to work anywhere, anytime. This means after a disaster, you can log into your system from any desktop, laptop or mobile device, accessing your hard-earned data without any trouble.

No lag in technology.

Finally, as you invest in new technologies to help you compete and stay relevant, you never want your older tech standing in the way. With a cloud migration, you retain the ability to integrate new tech, because your network’s foundation is in the cloud. No more rigging systems, no more square pegs in a round hole. This is simply best technology practices.

Talk to us today about migrating to the cloud.

Related: Transform Your Work Environment with the Cloud

Business Having Growing Pains? Let Cloud Solutions Be Your Tonic

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!