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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.

There are many advantages of cloud computing for businesses, but I offer a word of caution as well: Because cloud-computing solutions are so easy and affordable, it’s vital that proper security and backup measures are in place to protect your data. In fact, the Intel report shows that 52 percent of respondents have tracked a malware infection to a SaaS application.Your internal IT team or outsourced IT support services partner should be able to help your business make the leap to the cloud while ensuring your data – and business – stays safe and secure.
Re-Published from December 7, 2017

By Gregory Zolkos, Atlas Professional Services

Gregory Zolkos is president and CEO of IT support services company Atlas Professional Services, which since 2006 has grown to serve more than 300 customers and has seen minimum year-to-year revenue growth of at least 25 percent. Previously he was director of information technology at Cast Crete, where he was responsible for the management of the entire network infrastructure as well as the internal audit and accounting systems for 450-plus employees.
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