One thing that has certainly helped transform the internet in recent years is cloud computing. According to a recent article by Forbes, the cloud is becoming more intelligent and more businesses than ever want to be part of it. If you want to stay on the cutting edge as a business, you should probably upgrade certain business processes to the cloud. Below are five easy upgrades you should consider.
1. Office Software
In the past, software had to be installed on each individual computer it was run on. If something went wrong with the software, the company’s IT department had to fix it. This has changed forever thanks to cloud powered software.
Software powered through the cloud does not need to be installed. It is loaded through the internet. If something goes wrong, it is the vendor who authored the software that will fix the problem for you. Nearly all major office computer applications are now available on the cloud. As reported by Fortune, all future Oracle applications will be cloud powered.
2. Data Storage
Something else you should consider upgrading to the cloud is your data storage systems. Traditionally, many companies used local servers to store their data. However, servers, as many people know, are prone to failure due to power surges or simply too much heat.
One solution is to backup your data in the cloud. Due to how data is stored in the cloud by sharing resources through virtualization, losing the data is extremely remote. It will also remain encrypted, insuring that your data remains secure.
3. Communication Systems
How you communicate with employees can also be updated by implementing cloud computing. Many companies spend a small fortune every month of phone calls. However, if you implement VoIP, short for voice over internet protocol, using the cloud, you can make calls for free with the same kind of audio quality. Instant messaging programs, teleconferencing, e-mail and employee collaboration applications can also be upgraded to the cloud with very little effort.
4. File Storage and Sharing
In the past, company files could only be accessed on the company network. Such network infrastructure was expensive to install and difficult to maintain. It usually required high paid IT professionals to be on hand. Cloud hosting services, however, have made accessing company files far easier. Any employee with the proper log-in information can access company files and share files with other co-workers from anywhere in the world through the virtualized hosting space remotely maintained by the hosting company.
5. CRM Systems
CRM stands for customer relationship management. This is the software that is used to manage customer interactions and customer data. Most companies have switched from installing CRM software locally to using CRM systems powered by the cloud.Tags: featured