Life In The Cloud – How To Make Cloud Computing Work For A Small Business

Life In The Cloud - How To Make Cloud Computing Work For A Small BusinessLife In The Cloud – How To Make Cloud Computing Work For A Small Business

Cloud computing has become the latest buzzword for small businesses. Unfortunately, a lot of small business owners have no idea what ‘the cloud’ actually is, apart from the fact that it isn’t the fluffy white things in the sky.

So how can small businesses make use of the cloud and do they really need anything the cloud has to offer?

Software in the Cloud

Cloud based software is now widely available to small businesses and families. Microsoft Office 360 and Google’s productivity suite are all cloud-based. Software in the cloud allows users to have access to the latest software without having to worry about updating it periodically. Software in the cloud also enables multiple users to work on and edit a file simultaneously, which is useful when you have a number of employees collaborating on the same documents.

Cloud Backup

Life In The Cloud - How To Make Cloud Computing Work For A Small BusinessCloud-based storage and backup services are extremely useful for small businesses. Popular examples include Dropbox and Amazon’s Cloud Drive, but there are plenty of others to choose from. Cloud storage folders can be shared with other users, or kept private. Online cloud backup services ensure you never have to suffer a catastrophic loss of data because you left your laptop in the back of a taxi or on the train. Should the worst happen, all you need to do is access your online backup and restore your data.

Sharing Documents via the Cloud

Life In The Cloud - How To Make Cloud Computing Work For A Small BusinessOne of the biggest advantages of cloud computing for small businesses is that employees working in different locations can collaborate and share documents in real time. For example, you might be working on a presentation from home, but you need your colleague to take a look at some of the slides. Thanks to cloud computing, sharing files and collaborating on the same document is as easy as saying 1-2-3.

Mobile Computing

Cloud computing means you can access your files from anywhere and on all kinds of devices. For example, if you need to check a document your colleague has been working on, but you are stuck at the airport, all you have to do is log in to your cloud account on your smartphone or tablet. The latest version of the file will be there waiting for you.

The Pitfalls of Cloud Computing

  • Data security – Small businesses often worry that storing and sharing data in the cloud is a security risk. After all, anyone might be able to access confidential files, right? Actually no, this is not the case. As long as your business uses a reputable cloud supplier, the level of security will be more than sufficient for most business’s needs.
  • Access to the Cloud – Cloud computing services will not work unless you have access to them. So if you are stuck in a remote location with no internet connection, you won’t be able to synchronize your work or upload new documents to the cloud.

Cloud computing has plenty to offer small businesses, but before you start using a cloud service provider, read the reviews to make sure the service on offer is appropriate for your small business.

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