Cloud computing takes place entirely on the internet. It requires less hardware, software and infrastructure to support it. Users (that’s you) log in to a shared space powered by multiple servers meaning that you can access any of your data, work, etc. from any browser whether it’s based on your computer, phone, iPad/tablet or a hotel room in Vladivostok.
Operating within the cloud is becoming a more widely accepted way of doing business.
In essence, you and your staff members no longer need to be tied to a physical address, computer or server to get hold of yours and their work files. That alone offers you huge advantages from economies of scale, cost saving and employee retention perspectives. Small business IT systems and large scale IT solutions can both greatly benefit from the cloud capabilities.
For example; the cloud can help you deal with changes in peak server usage periods, which you can scale up or down as the need arises – hence you don’t have to purchase extra server capacity that sits idle most of the year and requires support and budget across the entire year.
Or if you have a team of casuals that require particular software, but you don’t want to pay for 10, 20, 50 ongoing software licences you don’t need, you can pay only for the period you require.
Although moving everything to the cloud is becoming rather a forgone conclusion, at least in IT circles, you’ll want to know there’s a plan in place to incorporate it into your operations, ensuring its transition into your operations is not only smooth but also secure, and it must be easy for all your staff to use (with help on hand should they need it).
Centrix can help you plan the migration and integration of your office in-situ systems with your systems in the cloud such as; Accounting packages like Xero, Saasu, MYOB and CRM packages such as SalesForce, Sugar and Netsuite task management systems such as Basecamp.