Written by Rob Young, Group Managing Director – 19th April 2016

In previous years, employees would work using the programs they had installed on their computer or the office server. However, in the past five or so years, cloud computing has now replaced this and allows them to access the same programs but directly through the internet.

What is cloud computing?

In it’s simplest form, cloud computing enables businesses to store and access data and software programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive or a physical server in the office.

The benefits of cloud computing

I thought I’d share my top five business benefits with you.

1: Flexibility

Cloud based products such as Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. It’s easy to scale up and down your cloud capacity as and when your business requires.

2: Cost savings

Cloud computing uses a monthly usage-based subscription model that is friendly on cash flow, and enables businesses to eliminate the high costs of physical hardware capital expenditure. For example: A Microsoft Office 365 subscription can cost as little as £2.50 per month/per user, and seeing as businesses only pay for what is used, they can easily unsubscribe some users during quieter months.

3: Automatic software updates

As cloud computing servers are located off-premise and all cloud suppliers roll out regular software and security updates, your internal staff will no longer have the headache or worry when it comes to making updates to internal servers.

4: Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is something all sizes of business should invest in. Often smaller SMEs lack the required cash and expertise, making disaster recovery more an ideal than a reality. However, cloud based backup and recovery solutions are now very affordable and save businesses time, avoid the large up-front investment costs and commonly offer additional expertise as part of the ongoing monthly cost.

5: Security Benefits

Lost laptops are major business headache and data security breach… we’ve all been there! However, with cloud computing, all data is stored remotely in the cloud and businesses can access their data no matter what happens to their laptops and other devices. The added security benefits of cloud also enable businesses to remotely wipe all data from lost laptops if required.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner in small and mid-market cloud solutions, we supply a wide range of cloud products ranging from Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Dynamics 365, and Azure through to the powerful Enterprise Mobility Suite.

If you are considering switching your business over to a cloud computing solution, feel free to get in touch  for more information.