If you want your business to work smarter and faster, cloud software is a wise investment. Working in the cloud will give you a better overview of your business, and improve collaboration with your team.
Software shouldn’t be a chore to use
Small business software that’s not available via the cloud can be tedious. Traditionally, it can suck up far too much of your business’ time and effort. This doesn't add value, and takes the fun out of being in business. Cloud software can save your business time and money.
So what is this thing called the cloud?
Think about when you use internet banking. Every time you access this data, you’re using the cloud. The cloud is a platform to make data and software accessible online anytime, anywhere, from any device. Your hard drive is no longer the central hub.
Problems with traditional software
- The data in the system isn’t up-to-date and neither is the software.
- It only works on in the office.
- It's costly and complicated to keep backups (if done at all).
- It's expensive, difficult and time-consuming to upgrade the software.
- Customer support is expensive and slow.
Why the cloud and software are the perfect match
You can use cloud-based software from any device with an internet connection. Online software means small business owners stay connected to their data and their business. It’s scalable, cost-effective and easy to use.
In the cloud, there’s no need to install and run applications over a desktop computer. You get upgraded when the cloud is upgraded and you get new features that are good for your business.
There is no large up front investment, instead, you pay for the software by monthly subscription.
Cloud security is world class
As a small business owner, you might be concerned about a cloud service provider storing your data. But the cloud is one of the most secure ways to store information. For example, using cloud software, if your laptop is stolen, no one can access your data unless they have a login to the online account. With cloud software, this is where the data lives – as opposed to on your hard drive.
In the event of a natural disaster or fire, being in the cloud means business productivity doesn’t need to be affected because there’s no downtime. All of your information is safely and securely stored off site. As long as you have access to any computer or mobile device connected to the internet, you’re back up and running.
In addition to this, if you invite users to view your data, you can control the level of access. This is much more secure than the old-fashioned way letting contractors and suppliers have access to all your data.
Cloud-based software companies ensure that the security and privacy of data about you and your organisation is always airtight.
Four ways cloud software benefits your business
- Multi-user access makes it easy to collaborate online with your team and advisors.
- Worry-free maintenance means you can spend more time doing what you love.
- Everything is run online, so there’s nothing to install and everything is backed up automatically. Updates are free and instantly available.
- Upfront business costs are reduced – version upgrades, maintenance, system administration costs and server failures are no longer issues. Instead, they are managed by the cloud service provider.
Work smarter with accessible data in the cloud
The beauty of this software is the flexibility it gives you to run your business from work, home, or on the go. You can be confident that you have an up-to-date picture of how your business is doing, no matter where you are.