No doubt you’ve heard of “the cloud” – you may already be using it to some degree. But what exactly are cloud services? And how can they benefit your business? In a nutshell, a cloud service allows companies to access a range of programs, services and data storage, which are all in turn stored on a remote server by your cloud services provider. It means that information can be accessed by anyone in your company (with the correct permissions, of course) via an internet connection, from any location. It means that staff can file reports from remote job sites, access necessary data when meeting with clients and even carry out work from home or when travelling.
Not only do cloud services allow your company to gain a greater level of portability, they are entirely scalable. If you currently only employ a few select staff, then there will be a cloud services package that will accommodate the necessary number of users without you having to invest a huge upfront amount in software. But, as the business grows and more staff come on board, you can easily increase the number of users, customising permissions so that new staff can access as much or as little data as necessary.
The other bonus of switching to cloud services is that you can have your company data stored securely offsite. No more worrying about security breaches or what would happen to your data if your personal server was destroyed. With cloud services, everything is safe and secure.