The world of work is changing rapidly – a mere ten years ago it was a very different place – Cloud computing is one of the main drivers that has facilitated these changes. Working has become difficult for many in recent times, with the effects of Covid-19 still being felt across the world – a lot of businesses have been forced to make a rapid change to Cloud computing just to continue trading. This change had to be fast, at a time when most were uncertain what was going to happen that day, let alone tomorrow, in a week, or a month’s time.
Business owners are usually apprehensive of change, which is completely understandable – most have thrown their hard-earned money at their business in order to make it a success, but one wrong move could still see the whole thing come tumbling down. The Cloud brings additional apprehension to most due to a widespread unfamiliarity of its capabilities – many IT professionals will often refer to it in an unnecessarily complex way, so it isn’t the fault of business owners that they aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to implement it. Making a potentially business-defining decision without adequate knowledge and understanding regarding the tools being used to do it, and the effect that the change will have on your team, would be ridiculous.
There are some providers that don’t care about the knowledge you have on the tools; their only concern is that you purchase the most expensive option, whatever that may be. But not all providers are like this – some want to help you to not only get the right tools for your organisation but also guarantee that those tools are implemented and maintained correctly, and in the most cost-effective way possible. We pride ourselves in approaching your IT support with this attitude.
We will now explore some of the terminology surrounding Cloud computing, hopefully in the process enlightening you to what it is and how to make an educated decision on the best Cloud solution for your organisation.
Cloud computing has been at the very cutting edge of IT tools, services, and infrastructure – and will continue to be throughout 2022. It has been revolutionary in changing the way some businesses work forever. Traditionally, businesses would oversee purchasing, supporting, and the maintenance of their own IT hardware and software platforms, but with Cloud computing you operate under a subscription-service that – if you choose the right reputable provider – will be catered specifically to the way you want your team to work and, in turn, the way you want your business run.
One of the key differences with Cloud computing is that your computing resources, storage, telephony communication, software databases, and apps, are all delivered over the internet on demand. The Cloud operating in this way allows your team to enjoy all of the flexibility that it has to offer, and enables you to look forward to new IT services being near instant – meaning that your team can be equipped with new tools as and when they need them.
A key feature of the Cloud that makes it even more appealing is that you only pay for what you use, because the Cloud is fully scalable and will not only make your system easier to use and navigate but also allow your business to be more cost effective as it transforms. It also allows your team to work entirely remotely if you wish – they can be anywhere on the globe with an internet connection and still have full, safe access to all of the necessary applications, files, and documents that will allow them to complete their role to the best of their ability.
Understanding your business
The first step to making a transition to the Cloud is to take a step back – you must take a good look at the internal operations of your business. Take time to ask yourself some questions like, “How can I continue growing successfully at the rate I am now?”, “What more can I do for my team to help them achieve their daily tasks with as few problems as possible?”, and “What am I obliged to do by law?”. Having these facts in place will familiarise yourself with why you want to undergo the transition in the first place, and answering any responses to them will boost the productivity of your team and increase profits – isn’t that what we are all trying to achieve anyway?
No matter the industry in which your business resides, you will be responsible for your clients’ and/or staff teams’ personal information. The care of data has always been a business concern, but in modern times it has arose to be if not the then one of the most integral concerns you and your team should have every day, and this increased concern should play a key role when considering Cloud computing. Ask yourself another question – “Does Cloud computing assist me in remaining safe and compliant at all times?”
Your users are – I’m sure you will agree – the very heartbeat of your entire organisation. It is your team that ultimately decide the fate of your entire organisation. So, communicate with them! They are the ones that will be using the tools every day, so who better to ask some questions to – perhaps “Are the tools you use every day good enough? If so, “Which are your favourites, and why”? It will work in their favour if you purchase the right tools, because remote working will allow them to achieve a good work life balance and their tasks will potentially be much easier to carry out. But be wary – certain Cloud providers will offer different services to their competitors, so take the time to check that the one you choose offers you and your team levels of collaboration, communication, and productivity that can rival the office setting.
Try your best to get to know your staff team, as learning about them will help you to ensure that you provide a workplace that is suitable for them – be it in the office or at home. Every member of your team is different; take your time and listen to them.
Let’s now take a closer look at some of the subscription options available today, as well as some of the terms that providers use when talking about it.
Software-as-a-Service is the delivery of applications, the storage of data within those applications and – dependent on the provider – the security and backup of that data too, which applies all over the internet as a contractually paid service. SaaS allows you to wave goodbye to the often-complex software and hardware management tasks that come from traditional IT solutions – instead you can leave all that to your provider.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service is a computing framework that is provided over the internet. Your provider will supply and manage the infrastructure for you on a subscription basis, but it is your responsibility to purchase, install, and configure your own software.
The Cloud is a remote server of sorts that can be accessed from multiple devices and is accessible to anyone (with the right access controls) from anywhere with an internet connection. With Cloud storage you need no longer worry about the storage requirements of individual computers or servers, meaning that your team can get access much more fluently.
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