It seems like everywhere you go in business these days, it’s hard to avoid hearing someone waxing poetic about the cloud. Sure, it’s useful in your personal life; being able to show everyone, on the go, the hundreds of pictures of your cute new kitten without sacrificing your device’s memory is great. But when it comes to business, just how beneficial could a transition be? It may seem like many pros of moving toward cloud computing are measured in terms of intangible goals, but in reality, these benefits can be displayed in basic dollars and cents.
Say Goodbye to Infrastructure Costs
Okay, so maybe it’s not a total “Bon voyage” to costs associated with infrastructure, but a cloud transition will allow huge savings. With a traditional setup, you’d be shilling out cash for your servers, firewalls, external storage devices, and all the wires and power needed to run such a complicated series of machines. But with a cloud transition, these costs are covered by your IT provider. That means a huge reduction in capital being invested in infrastructure and security costs. Additionally, your data is securely backed up, so a disaster is less likely to mean a big expense in recovery.
Agility Means Affordable
Cloud computing is often promoted as being “agile,” but what do we mean by that? And how? The tech world is one defined by seemingly-random leaps in capability. That means it’s getting harder to predict where and when the industry is going to change. With traditional computing, your infrastructure is restrained by physical and theoretical limitations, and is actually fairly fragile when it comes to making quick updates. But with a cloud computing adoption, your business’ IT side can flourish with the cloud’s innate ability to adapt to new changes in the marketplace.
SaaS=Super affordable and Sweet
You may have seen or heard the term SaaS, which stands for Software as a Service. This is a model of software distribution where applications are hosted by a third-party. In this scenario, you pay a single subscription fee to have access to any and all necessary apps. Cloud computing is built around this concept, and that means your company can avoid the large costs of purchasing individual subscriptions. As a helpful bonus, SaaS providers are responsible for all quality control and testing involved with those apps, though you should also conduct your own quality assurance testing to make sure all your SaaS subscriptions are integrating seamlessly with each other and your on-site systems.
This Just In: IT Costs Are Out
IT support is a necessary cost in any tech-facing business. But there are cheaper ways to rely on the professionals who keep your company’s systems moving. With a cloud transition your company can outsource to IT providers working with your cloud service providers. These are highly-skilled professionals who are able to grant you troubleshooting and maintenance, all from an affordable distance.
The Cloud Means Automation
No one likes to talk about it, let alone think of it – but how much are you paying for basic human error? We love our teams and want to give them all the credit in the world, but even the most talented people make mistakes. That’s okay, and usually these hiccups can be addressed without much of an effect on your bottom line, but how about the big mistakes? How about having your eCommerce page crash on Black Friday, or accidentally having half your contacts for leads deleted with a single, irreversible keystroke? With the automation featured in cloud computing, you can actually recover from human error.
Cloud computing can appear an unreliable or trendy technology, but the cost savings from reduced infrastructure, cheaper software solutions, a more agile platform, and lower error costs derived from automation can’t be ignored. While the journey to reaping all these benefits at once can seem long and tedious, advance planning and clear goal-setting make all the difference. If you’re ready to make a cloud transition, download our free guide to making your plan and executing it efficiently.