Cloud networks are something which many users and businesses are still unsure about trusting. They fear security and cost issues, but clouds are usually more secure than your own computer and they can save you a huge amount of money. Windows 8 beta demonstrates that Microsoft is embarking on an aggressive campaign to introduce cloud to the masses through their SkyDrive, so now seems like a good time to embrace it. Here are some of the financial benefits of making the move to cloud computing.
No Server Set Up Costs
The first and most obvious financial benefit is that of savings on server costs. Installing a server for your company can be a very expensive process and the costs do not end there. When you have an internal server, you are entirely responsible for its functionality.
You will likely need to hire an IT Manager to handle computer support and this will greatly increase costs. You will also need to find space for your new IT staff and the server, so there is an increase in rent costs associated with this process too. Your IT staff will necessarily need to be full-time as well because you cannot allow there to be a breakdown for any brief period at all. You’ll also need to ensure there is an offsite backup service in place to protect your information should the worst happen. Overall, the costs of setting up an internal company server are very high, but in cloud there is a silver lining.
Cloud computing can allow you to avoid the necessary expense of setting up an internal server and hiring IT staff. By buying space on a server you will likely be able to benefit from faster speeds and a more secure system too. Opting for an externally hosted server which works through cloud computing is likely to be more efficient than an internal server and it will be far more cost effective.
There are further benefits to cloud, however. Cloud is largely useful because it allows access to files by every staff member. This means that multiple people can draw from, edit and contribute to working documents at the same time. This will greatly increase the efficiency of some aspects of your working processes.
In addition to this, the access to cloud means that documents will be accessible whilst people are travelling around between jobs. It also enables staff to work from home during emergencies which call them away from the desk. Cloud basically makes it easier for staff to manage their home lives with their work ones and this will lead to a greater level of staff satisfaction and a greater level of productivity within your company.
Diversification of Staff
One added benefit of cloud capability, which is often forgotten, is that it allows for a far wider diversification of staff. Outsourcing is a great way to improve your business processes whilst also saving on costs. Cloud allows this to happen to an even greater extent and it is something which will greatly benefit your business. Being able to pull from a worldwide pool of staff is a great way to broaden your employment possibilities and it will enable you to find far more specialised staff members.