An Intel Security report published earlier this year showed that 93 percent of the more than 1,400 IT security professionals surveyed stated they were using some type of cloud service in their organization.
Executives across all industries, sizes and geographic locations are recognizing the many advantages of cloud computing for businesses.If your organization hasn’t yet tapped into the power of the cloud, here are five benefits of cloud computing that are worth considering.
1) Boosts cost efficiency
Cloud computing reduces or eliminates the need for businesses to purchase equipment and build out and operate data centers. This presents a significant savings on hardware, facilities, utilities and other expenses required from traditional computing. Also, reducing the need for on-site servers, software and staff can trim the IT budget further.
Most cloud computing programs and applications — ranging from ERP and CRM to creativity and productivity suites — use a subscription-based model. This allows businesses to scale up or down according to their needs and budget. It also eliminates the need for major upfront capital expenditures.
3) Promotes collaboration
Cloud-based workflow and file-sharing applications give dispersed teams of people the ability to work together more easily and efficiently. Staff can make real-time updates, see what other team members are doing and communicate effectively. This level of collaboration can speed up projects and improve customer service.
4) Increases mobility
One of the advantages of cloud computing for businesses is how easily team members can work from anywhere. This is particularly valuable in an era when employees desire flexibility in their schedules and work environment. Businesses that operate on the cloud can provide staff with options to work on the go or at home, from their desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets.
Hosting systems and storing documents on the cloud provides a smart safeguard in case of an emergency. Man-made and natural disasters can damage equipment, shut off power and incapacitate critical IT functions. Supporting disaster recovery efforts is one of the important advantages of cloud computing for companies.
Re-Published from December 7, 2017
By Gregory Zolkos, Atlas Professional Services