Are Cloud-Based Solutions Right For Your Organization?

You’d be hard-pressed to find a business these days that doesn’t use the cloud in some way or another. Before investing in the right cloud solutions, it’s important that your organization considers several factors. Here are three of the most common ones that your business should consider before investing in and implementing a new cloud service.

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Selecting a Cloud Service Provider Should Never Be a Hasty Choice

Did you know that 43 percent of IT decision makers have plans to increase their cloud investments throughout 2017? This is according to a recent survey which, when combined with the steady rate of cloud adoption seen during the past decade, proves that the cloud is the next phase in the evolutionary development of business computing. While this shows great promise for the future, cloud adoption is not something to dive into blindly. Read more

3 Ways Cloud Computing Can Help Your Business Right Now

As cloud computing becomes the new normal, with many apps and services taking place solely through the Internet, it has become more and more common for businesses to transfer almost all their day-to-day tasks to cloud computing. So what are some of the main benefits of doing this?

The Benefits Of Cloud Computing

While we could have made an almost inexhaustible list of benefits for businesses regarding cloud computing, the following are 3 of the most important.

  1. A High Degree Of Flexibility

Cloud-based computing provides flexibility on several levels. It can make a profound difference to the way your business performs. This is particularly the case for SME (Small to Medium Enterprises) who are likely to grow in the near future.

As cloud computing is entirely scalable, it offers far more scope for businesses whose needs may diminish as well as grow, with seasonal changes, for example. This flexibility to only pay for what you need, leads to less waste and unnecessary expense and more peace of mind when planning.

Another inherent part of cloud computing flexibility is the ability to access every part of your business no matter where in the world you are. As long as you can get online, you can get on with business.

This flexibility not only allows management full admission to the business resources at all times but it also means that employees are able to work remotely. Reducing the need for large work premises and enhancing the ability to work while on business trips are key benefits of the flexibility that comes with cloud computing.

  1. Effective Recovery And Updates

With cloud computing, your data is much safer than it would be when stored on physical hard drives or paper. Data breaches are far less common with cloud computing than with other platforms. This is partly because cloud security updates – if you are accessing a reputable service – are the most thorough in the digital world.

Meanwhile, hourly updating automation means there is no time lag for the implementation of improvements to security.

What’s more, theft of physical data, whether on hard drives or paper, are not relevant to cloud computing. Business owners also have peace of mind regarding fires, floods, or general hardware issues, at least regarding the safety of critical business data.

  1. Addressing Environmental Concerns

Cloud computing reduces the need for extra technology and energy use. Everything is stored and maintained on the Internet. While the financial advantages this provides are somewhat impacted by the cost of the cloud service itself, it is a wholly beneficial option for the environment.

Another way in which cloud computing reduces the impact on the environment is the previously mentioned scalability of a cloud service. At no point is a business using more than it requires, reducing waste of money and resources dramatically.

While cloud computing is not entirely without energy use, the reduction in energy and waste, for larger businesses, in particular, is considerable.

 

As cloud computing increases at a great pace, its capabilities and impact are also growing. While most businesses can benefit from moving at least part of their day-to-day practices to cloud platforms, one thing is for sure – the cloud will remain central to our digital lives for many years to come.

3 Ways the Cloud Boosts Employee Satisfaction

In any business, employee satisfaction is a very important factor to keep in mind. They are the ones making all the success possible, so if they’re not happy, that could transfer and potentially harm the business’ overall productivity. How can IT help boost employee satisfaction? One solution is the Cloud. Here are three ways the Cloud boosts employee satisfaction:

Cloud Ease of Flexibility and Communication

When you migrate over to the Cloud, your data will then be stored in highly secure offsite data centers. How do you access this data? Well, all you need is an internet connect and a device (and the right credentials, of course). This allows for extreme flexibility when it comes to your work location. You can work from anywhere! With this option, maybe you could all work from home once a week, which can be a nice change for your employees and contribute greatly to their overall satisfaction.

And if you’re worried about the security of these data centers, don’t be. These data centers are so secure that 62% of businesses said their levels of privacy protection increased when they moved to the Cloud.

Another great aspect of the Cloud that could boost employee satisfaction is how easy it makes communication. With real-time access to files that multiple people can view at once from a central location, you won’t have to deal with the frustrations of lost or outdated files again.

Less maintenance and Cost Effective

Another way the Cloud boosts employee satisfaction is by providing them with applications that are always updated. Everyone’s had experience dealing with an old application that is slow and doesn’t give you what you want. Remember how frustrating that is? That will never happen in the Cloud. Your applications will always be maintained for you, so you can just sit back and enjoy.

Cloud applications also offer endless scalability, so as you grow, we’ll grow with you.

On-demand support

And, of course, with a provider like Michell Consulting Group by your side, you will have access to a help desk and technical support 24/7. Whether you need assistance with employee education, have a special request, or need advice, we’ll be here.

Ready to make the move over to the Cloud? Get it touch, we’d love to chat!

Amazing Places Your Can Visit and Still Work with Cloud Computing

If you had enough money saved up and could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? The mountains of New Zealand? The pyramids in Egypt? The beaches of the Bahamas? The castles in Scotland? The forests of Costa Rica?

So, what’s stopping you!? Work… of course. You have to be in the office the next day, following the same routine you always have.

Well, what if we told you there’s a way you can visit all of these amazing places, and still get work done? Sounds pretty neat huh? What’s neater is the technology that makes this possible: cloud computing.

Cloud Computing

So, what exactly is cloud computing? Cloud computing allows you to work off of a network or application that is not installed or located locally. So, what does this mean? This means that your data is stored in remote servers that can be accessed through the internet. These servers store, manage, process, and protect your data. And, don’t worry, your information will be fully protected. All these data centers have state-of-the-art, government-level protection.

How does this work exactly?

Basically, if you pull data from another source through an internet connection, that’s cloud computing. If you access a website by typing in an IP address, or if you log onto Google docs and edit a document that your boss was previously working on, that’s what we’re talking about. Working off of the internet and pulling from/accessing a central source. So whether you’re in India or in France, as long as you have an internet connection and a device, you’ll be linked in.

What are the benefits of cloud computing?

Businesses are increasingly switching their operations to it for good reasons. There are many, many benefits to cloud computing.

Security

As mentioned earlier, the data centers where your information is held are highly secure. In 2016, Microsoft found that 94% of SMBs experienced security benefits in the cloud that they didn’t have with their on-premise service. 62% of those that took this survey said that their levels of privacy protection increased as a result of moving to the cloud. So, if your laptop gets robbed in that crazy, busy city you’re visiting, don’t worry, your data will still be safe.

And, if you’re hacked or your main equipment is damaged, you don’t need to fret too much because recovery times for SMB are 4x faster for cloud computing users. We’ll have you back up and running in no time. About that stolen/damaged laptop though… sorry.

Cost Effective

Another great benefit of switching to the cloud is how cost effective it is. You pay monthly as you grow. As Forbes finds, cloud computing is up to 40 times more cost effective for an SMB, compared to running your own IT system. 70% of businesses report that they’re been able to reinvest funds back into their business as a result of moving to the cloud. Even the US federal government uses the cloud – they saved $5.5 billion per year by switching. More money saved means more opportunities to expand! Maybe to Hawaii? We’ll see what your boss thinks.

Convenience

Probably the most compelling feature of cloud computing is its convenience. As we’ve been referencing throughout this blog, the cloud allows users to work from any device, anywhere. Being able to work remotely and access files in real-time away from the office is known to improve collaboration. It also allows your employees to have a better work-life balance, in turn, making them happier!

In addition, the cloud is always new and updated. It offers endless scalability, so you can just keep growing off of it. If you need anymore convincing of the cloud’s credibility, take this statistic: It is then predicted that 78% of U.S. small business will have fully adopted cloud computing by 2020.

With cloud computing, you can literally be in the clouds.

You can be off traveling to Italy, or South Africa, or Thailand, with no worries because you know you’ll be able to plug in and get work done wherever you are.

Contact Us

At Michell Consulting Group, we will take you from start to finish with any technological request, especially cloud services. We focus on going above and beyond when providing customer service. We will reach out to you if we get anything less than a smiley face for a support task. When it comes to choosing an MSP that will really care, look no further. Contact us and we’ll help you take that trip to Greece with ease!