Aside from the obvious benefits of cloud computing; cost savings; improved uptime; and the advantage of operating on the latest infrastructure platforms, as winter rears its ugly head one key benefit shifts to the forefront of the list – flexible working.
A cloud system is always available.
Snowy days and icy conditions can cause havoc on our roads and understandably many employees are unable to make it into their place of work. An issue which can severely affect business activity.
If employees are unable to get in to the office their job function cannot be fulfilled, which for you could cause serious business disruption.
In this situation the ability to access business information from anywhere, at any time is essential. Cloud computing makes it possible for employees to work outside of the office and helps maintain “business as usual”.
By putting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place, even employees who are usually office based can be set up to work remotely. Many households will own a device of some description and so employees can work from their own device such as home desktop PC’s, laptops and tablets. They simply require setting up in advance.
Cloud computing limits the impact of shutting down on a snowy day. However it is not just the cruel winter that makes it worthwhile.
As and when required the system can scale proportionately with your business, so for example if you are a seasonal business and perhaps take on extra staff during the summer months you can simply add users and remove them when they are no longer required. You purely pay for the users you require and once they are no longer required, you no longer need pay for them.
Despite its increasing popularity, cloud can still be a scary unknown for those with a limited understanding of the service.
In brief, the benefits of cloud include:
- Offers value for money
- Ready for any business
- Makes your business truly mobile
- Efficient and reliable
- Scales to grow with your needs
- Works with your existing IT
- Highly secure
When working from the office is not an option, be it due to weather conditions, road closures, power outage or natural disaster, the cloud is invaluable to ensure business operates as closely to normal as possible.
The disruption a large number of businesses experienced during the UK’s most recent adverse weather conditions is merely a reminder of how viable cloud computing is for so many businesses.
Contact eSpida today for more information on cloud services.