Business owners today understand that technology leaps forward at an incredible rate every year.
Making the decision to adopt a new type of technology takes research, and it’s not always easy to
make a major change like switching from traditional phone and internet to a cloud-based system.
Today’s technology allows workers to engage in more productive activities with greater mobility,
enhanced functionality, and better security. In many cases, technology upgrades even cost less
each month than their predecessors. From telecommunications to intra-office networking, here
are a few reasons why letting Vergent switch your business to the cloud is a good idea.
The Cloud Provides Superior Mobility
One of the biggest conveniences of having a cloud-based system is the freedom it gives
employees to work without being tethered to a traditional land-line phone. Most businesses
already have employees that use cell phones for business, and some businesses even give
employees a work phone to use for job-related calls.
A cloud-based system means employees who aren’t at their desk don’t need to jump through
hoops to connect to the company’s VPN. Virtually every medium sized business (and larger,
too), has had employees call the IT support line with frustrations related to accessing the VPN or
getting online in the building via the wireless connection.
At its very core, the cloud is designed to be accessed remotely, and it’s even built to allow
collaboration from many areas. Everyone doesn’t need to sit at the same computer terminal to
work on a document or project. The cloud system seamlessly connects multiple offices, as well
as employees who telecommute.
The Cloud Reduces Costs
A traditional server requires that a company maintain a variety of devices, as well as upgrade
them when they become obsolete. No matter a business’s size, upgrades and updates can be
prohibitively expensive. Relying on a cloud instead of a server farm on site means the service
provider is responsible for maintaining and upgrading equipment instead of the business owner
who is using the equipment.
Cloud-based storage and software, as well as VoIP business phone services, put the
responsibility for repairs and backups in someone else’s hands. While your company might
specialize in any one of a million different industries, your focus might not be technology,
managed IT services, and networking. The cloud services provider, on the other hand, makes a
living selling those services, so they’re particularly qualified to provide cloud services.
The Cloud Isn’t Just for Storage
Did You Know: When you hear someone talk about “the cloud,” they’re not just referring to a
remote storage space that holds a bunch of company data. The cloud offers media storage,
opportunities for remote collaboration, and phone system functionality.
The cloud for consumers is often a simple repository for things like music, movies, and
photographs. The cloud for business is a more dynamic environment that serves many purposes.
Some of the ways a business can use cloud computing include:
SaaS (Software as a Service)
How Do You Switch to the Cloud?
Transitioning from traditional in-house storage for digital media to a cloud-based arrangement
isn’t difficult for an individual, but the process is more complex for a business. Although the
company handling the cloud setup and migration will probably deal with the “nitty gritty”
aspects of the operation, employees will need to be made aware of the new system and may even
need some training on new user interfaces.
Employees who are already computer literate shouldn’t take too long to adapt to a new system,
and the company should experience only a brief period of adjustment. Your IT service can
provide guidance as the company switches over, and arrangements can be made in advance for
employee training. After the switchover is complete, your business will quickly enjoy reduced
costs for maintenance and upkeep.
Get in touch with the professionals at Vergent to learn more about the benefits of the cloud that
include greater productivity, better security, and reduced infrastructure costs.