The age of the cloud is upon us, and businesses are really starting to see its potential. While some businesses are holding back from moving to the cloud due to uncertainty, there are a lot of valid benefits to nurturing a cloud culture in your business. If your company is at a point where you are considering joining the movement towards cloud culture, there are some fantastic ways in which you can capitalise on the future of cloud. Here are some ways you can gain a lot by migrating to the cloud:
- No limit to the greatness of your staff – Businesses that utilise the cloud are seeing a rise in their pulling power when it comes to recruitment and retention. Not only are workers attracted to technologically up-to-date firms, but the cloud provides more mobile and better tools for employees to work with. The cloud also opens up opportunities for recruitment that are otherwise impossible, such as people who live too far to commute, or even in different continents and time zones. Cloud mobility allows for a more 24-hour working day with employees accessing their work around the world, improving productivity in the long run.
- Investment in innovation – The landscape of business has changed dramatically over the past few years. Where only a few companies used to be able to apply innovation to their businesses, now the ability to invest in innovation is widespread and firmly within the grasp of many businesses; this is due to saved costs and ease made possible by the cloud. In the new culture of the cloud, your business can effortlessly get to work and generate ideas.
- Keep up-to-date – One of the most useful features of the cloud is the constant stream of tried and tested updates that most cloud providers apply automatically. For instance, you don’t have to worry about downloading up-to-date versions of your vital software while risking viruses in that limbo period between your older and newer versions if you forget. The cloud gives you the ability to get updates quickly and automatically, which also opens up time for your staff that would otherwise be spent on manual IT work.
- Less training – The ease of which you can use cloud-based applications means that staff who come into any given project can immediately start using software that is, if not already native to them, easy to pick up on. Furthermore, due to the universal nature of the cloud, the chances of a colleague close by being able to confidently use and explain applications are also high. Issues of various versions of a product being implemented are also avoided so that it really is easy for everyone to learn and pick up on the same programs.
- Scalability – the return on investment of using the cloud is huge because of its potential to grow with your business. Rather than being chained to lots of physical servers that cost a lot when it comes to maintenance (let alone the costs incurred when wanting to add to your IT infrastructure for expansion) your growth options are so much more flexible and vast when it comes to the cloud.
When you’re looking into a possible shift to the cloud, it’s important to look at all of the potential pitfalls and positives. But because of the prevalence of uncertainty surrounding future-ready tech, it’s easy for businesses to focus on the negative potential of deploying it without fully looking into the huge array of opportunities and positive impacts that it can have on your company. The fact is that cloud-based infrastructures encourage productivity, learning and growth; these are all highly attractive opportunities that are well worth considering capitalising on. Make sure you take your time and do your research and you’ll find the right solution for your business.