Now that the majority of Americans are working from home, it’s important to consider cloud computing. This relatively new technology, made possible by broadband internet and mobile streaming, allows team members to access company data, software and information from anywhere, as long as there’s a working internet connection.
Cloud computing offers a variety of benefits, including:
- Storing and backing up important files
- Preserving critical information in the event of a server crash, cyberattack or other data loss event
- Providing access to software programs like QuickBooks, Office 360 and Google Apps
- Hosting email servers, web-based phone systems and data
As you can see, cloud computing is incredibly versatile. Because you don’t have to host any of the equipment on-site in the form of a data center, it’s also efficient and affordable. But where do you begin? Are all cloud hosts the same, or should you set aside time to do some research?
To make the process a little bit easier, we recommend the following tips:
1.) Do your homework. Cloud computing is everywhere these days, but it can be a difficult concept to grasp, especially if you don’t come from an information technology background. If reading computer lingo makes you feel like you’re trying to translate Ancient Greek, don’t worry. This informative guide from TechRepublic is a great place to start. It explains common terms in-depth and provides definitions that even the most tech-challenged person can understand.
2.) Determine what you’ll use it for. Before you get started, you need to determine a reason for the transition. In other words, think about how your business will use the cloud. Do you want to share files? Increase your security? Make certain programs easier to access? Or do you want a backup in the event of a cyberattack or another emergency? Once you pinpoint the top three reasons for your cloud migration, you’ll have a better idea of what services will most benefit you.
3.) Plan for a long-term partnership. When you team up with a cloud service provider (like us), you’re entering a serious business relationship. In order to get the most out of your investment, you’ll need to regularly interact with members of our team. Although we try to be as “hands-off” as possible, challenges are bound to arise from time to time. We respect your time and promise to be at your side every step of the way.
Are you ready to transition your business to the cloud? If so, we’re here to help. To learn more about our various capabilities, visit our website or call (763) 235-2000 to request a consultation today.