In the past, businesses ran their applications and programs from software that was downloaded onto physical servers and computers. It was the best (and only) option for a long time.
But now, more and more businesses have transitioned into using cloud-based solutions.
Cloud technology allows the user to access things like software, databases, servers, and networking—just by using the internet.
Businesses have recognized how beneficial cloud technology can be. According to an article by Salesforce, the number of UK companies using cloud-based services grew from 48% in 2010 to 88% in 2017. The trends are similar in the United States, and around the world.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons behind this incredible movement. Below is our list of five benefits of using cloud technology.
Cloud technology increases collaboration among your team. That alone can be a tremendous game-changer for your business. When everything you need is stored on the internet, it makes collaboration easier for you and your team. Plus, your employees will be more likely to review information when it’s easily accessible. Not only that, but there’s a greater chance they will pitch in and follow through on their assigned tasks.
Remote Access Capability
With the cloud, all you need is an internet connection. Many cloud-based solutions allow you to work from your mobile devices. So, the remote access capabilities really can make a big difference in efficiency and reliability.
When cloud technology first emerged, there was a great deal of fear and uncertainty, particularly when it came to security. But over the years we’ve seen the topic of security turn into one of the greatest benefits of cloud-based solutions.
Think about it. When you save files and reports onto an internal drive on your laptop or computer, you’re putting an enormous amount of trust into that device. What if the computer crashes, gets lost or stolen?
Even if you periodically backup your data onto an external hard drive, there are bound to be gaps based on when you last backed it up.
Ease of Use
Companies that offer cloud-based solutions know that they need to make their products easy to access and use.
In fact, ease of use is one of the major reasons that many businesses choose to invest in cloud solutions. They don’t have to waste time on tedious, manual tasks such as formatting and distributing data. It can all be done from directly within the cloud.
Along those same lines is the benefit of minimal maintenance. Fixing and upgrading physical software can be time consuming for your IT department. Most cloud technology service providers will take care of the maintenance for you.
If you want to stay ahead of the game in managing your business, consider implementing cloud-based technologies. You can use cloud-based solutions for initiatives like EHS data management, HR, scheduling and more.
Talk with your team and find out which areas of your business could be improved with cloud technology.