Cloud Computing has taken the world by storm in the last year.
What is cloud computing you ask?
Well basically it involves moving features of your business onto the internet where services will keep the safe and secure for you to access from anywhere in the world. This means you won’t have to worry about carrying all your data when you have to visit customers in a different part of the country or the world! There are many different types of cloud applications or ‘apps’ as they are known for business users to make use of.
Some of the more important ones are Data Storage and Backup, Human Resource Software, Online Payment Programs, Marketing Programs and the ever important Accounting Software. A selling point for most small business looking at new software will be the cost and support provided by the software. Most cloud applications are priced very fairly and prices depend on how many people are making use of it.
So if you only need software for 4 – 6 employees then it might work out cheaper than buying traditional software that needs a new copy for each employee. Issues with the software can be dealt with swiftly as you will not require outside tech support. The developers of the application will make changes and upgrades as and when necessary online.
You can also make use of the free trials that most of these cloud applications provide to see if it fits in with you and your small business. A trial run will show you what the software is capable of and will also help you learn if you can use it easily without any hassles.
Remember it is important that you are comfortable using the software before you make the purchase. If getting rid of all your books and costly software on your desktop at the office sounds like a good idea then moving to the cloud might be just the right thing for you and your business!