Using “The Cloud” means using services that are based on the Internet. Instead of placing everything centrally in your office, you instead make use of facilities held and managed on the Internet. You connect to your information through the Internet.
Some might think that this is a scary idea. After all this could be information critical to your business that is no longer held in something you can see, hear and touch. That is normal. Done right though the move using the cloud can be a great benefit to your business. Typically the 3 big gains are:
- Cost Savings – Cloud services are run on a massive scale and reduces the cost to the individual or company. This means that you get something at a cost you could not achieve by doing it yourself.
- Access – Cloud services are available wherever you can get Internet access. If you travel, work from home or have staff in more than location then cloud services can greatly improve your access to business information and by doing so will improve your efficiency.
- Reliability – A well run cloud service is maintained and managed by a team of professionals, they keep everything running and look after your data very carefully. Their job is making your information available all of the time. Letting a specialist keep things reliability will keep things running. Also the backup facilities on a cloud service will far surpass anything that can be done in a small office at a reasonable cost. Your data is more secure in the cloud than you can keep it in your office.
What I offer is a consultancy and configuration service. I look at your needs, plans and preferences and walk you through the options you have for using the cloud. I help you trial and test these services. I help you set them up and I help you learn how to use them. My job is to make the process of using cloud services as painless as possible.