2012: the year of the Cloud… but why? Well, if you ask Nathan Elcoate from CloudTech, it’s because of the post-GFC business environment and the need to increase efficiency.
Businesses need to be highly productive and maintain momentum. Cloud brings the right attributes to the table to achieve these feats, such as: lower TCO, easy upgrades, high availability, off-site data storage, no maintenance cost AND disaster recovery.
2012. This is the year of the cloud. This is the year that business is realising it needs the cloud. But why?
Efficiencies is the answer.
If surviving the GFC taught us one thing, it’s how to be lean. If business, and especially small business is to survive and even thrive post-GFC, it must learn to operate on a strict diet.
To be lean and mean. This means not just micro-managing your managers and staff to greater productivity, but looking at your business systems and how they can serve you, not the other way around.
By choosing wisely with public cloud services, businesses can selectively tailor a cloud-based system to their needs (and budget) without the expensive implementation and overheads previously seen with proprietary systems.
For example, a small business (in a remote country location) we are currently co-consulting with was looking to decentralise their accounting work. They wanted access to big city advisors but without the hefty fees of travelling or paying the advisors to travel.
Another hurdle was sending the accounting data in for adjustments, only to wait months for the data to return for adjusting. Then there were issues with quality bookkeepers in their remote location, etc..
The solution was, as they were already using Reckon’s QuickBooks, was to move them on to a public cloud solution, QuickBooks Hosted, by Reckon Online.
The business’ software costs were reduced, and the advisors and bookkeepers now had real time access to the data.
Momentum is another key factor.
Once a movement gains significant momentum in business, that movement becomes the key discussion topic amongst business owners and through referrals and word of mouth. The movement gains significant momentum that a switch in the way things are done occurs.
We are now seeing that switch taking place on a daily basis.
Whether the enquiries are for setting up free services like Dropbox, Google Drive or Mail Chimp, assisting with social media integration or consulting for an online accounting system that integrates with field service software, such as Connect2Field and QuickBooks Hosted, the enquiries are there.
Business wants and needs change, and it needs efficiency. Sitting down with a cloud consultant and discussing how your business can gain from the cloud is the smartest thing you can do this year.