Why Not be in the Cloud
Every business not in the cloud has their reasons, and most of them are pretty common. The biggest reasons of concern we hear are below, how do you match up?
Most businesses believe if they keep their servers, applications and other resources in-house, they're more secure. Odds are your in-house infrastructure has vulnerabilities. The biggest problem we see here, is typically related to how companies perform their IT Service management. Many companies that have enough infrastructure to maintain, will hire internal IT staff. While this might be the correct move in some cases, there's a skills gap and lack of process at mostly all of these companies. The typical positions hired here will be for support, network and systems administration and then management. The skills most lack here are security. Most will learn security through trial and error, and Google. Are you willing to leave your company's data open due to learning on the job, and lack of security procedures? The largest companies everyone knows, such as Equifax still fail at the basics of security, as evident by often announced security breaches.
We always hear how people like paying for and owning the software, as opposed to added monthly costs. While this can be valid and completely the right thing to do in some situations, for most companies its not. When ownership of software is mentioned it's typically in companies that believe technology is a cost of doing business, as opposed to an investment in your company. Many executives don't believe investing technology is right for their company. When this happens, employees aren't able to collaborate, everyone's on different versions of all applications, nothing talks, there's no centralized management of logins and passwords, and spreadsheets are running rampant. Technology is more than just computers or terminals where people enter data. Technology is the multiplier of your business, of your people, and your efforts. These slight changes create a cost effective approach while in turn generate more revenue and productivity.
Don't Know Where to Start
Cloud this, cloud that, is all everyone hears now everyone in business. But what does it mean and where do companies begin? It's a completely valid concern. It's not a trend, nor is it going away. A good place to start here is always going to be Microsoft Office 365. Why? Because it gives a great foundation to build on and it allows you to get your feet wet. Security, compliance, and scalability that integrate with most everything, all because Microsoft invests billions in improvements. The next place to, as a company, start dreaming about what you could do, and what your business is lacking. For most companies this could be the ability to manage their service improvement, complaints and improvements, scheduling and integrations of items like accounting and sales. We like to help our clients build a vision of what they need, then we build a plan that suits them.
We Became Successful Without the Cloud, Why now?
Many executives will say their business isn't meant for the cloud. We know what works, and we do it the way we know, because that's how we got here, to being successful. We agree to a certain degree. You've built a successful business and we applaud that every single day of the week. It's tough, and it's an accomplishment, our hats our definitely off to you. There's also the next step, where do you want to go from here? Technology is going to be what helps you get there. You've likely created a lot of data over the years, whether it's financial, or sales, or product/service based items building your company. Let's use them. Let's make them work for you. The cloud is the new industrial revolution.