So what is Cloud Computing? Cloud Computing is the delivery of computing services – including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence over the Internet (“the cloud”). Using Cloud Computing offers faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently and scale as your business needs change.
Most of the small businesses are looking into the cloud it just from the point of your storage. cloud is a lot more beyond that. Today with Cloud Computing you can run your applications from your word processor to complex ERP’s etc. within the cloud. A lot of people in the industry will argue the adaptation cloud was in small business because they are just looking at it as part of storage.
COVID-19 was a wake-up call for small businesses. They were not ready for a move to Cloud, because most of them believed they didn’t need it until 2020. We have seen small businesses adopt cloud for almost all the business processes whether it’s the training of employees in keeping accounts online. They are now moving away from having a dedicated server in the office in a private LAN to keeping everything in the cloud so it’s accessible to them 24/7.
Covid-19 has been a wake-up call but the businesses have always suffered from natural disasters with that was the flooding of your offices or losing your data because of a hard drive crash. we can say it was a catalyst for the adaptation of cloud in small businesses. Cloud protects your business by having data and applications run on the internet so when a disaster strikes next time your business is ready and is not affected as much.
But what about cloud-based disaster recovery? Can it offer similar benefits? Disaster recovery tends to be complex, expensive, and time-consuming. It makes sense to plan ahead to figure out what your business requires. Putting a disaster recovery plan into the cloud can greatly assist in alleviating some fears associated with its setup.
Small business is no longer about having a shop on the High Street opening it and waiting for the customers to come in to buy your products. most of the small businesses have adopted omnichannel to scale the business is up. If your business is having an omi-channel presence you can be in Europe to launch a fashion brand in North America. These online businesses were giving a lot of small businesses (who have not yet adopted omi-channel) a run for their money because they can access the markets much faster and can give much better services to consumers.
It’s extremely easy for a small business to have an omnichannel business model today. They don’t have to spend a lot of capital expense, just by moving to the cloud they can get the enterprise-level infrastructure and be omi-channel ready.
In today’s world of cyber-warfare, data security is more important than ever before. Choosing your provider is very important, a lot of IT infrastructure providers for data centers do not pay enough attention to security. With TD Web Services we ensure that our cloud infrastructure is highly secure and protects your data.
Having managed cloud from TD Web Services will mean that you don’t have to employ expensive IT teams to manage your servers update and secure your cloud servers. Our export in house team will take care of your cloud infrastructure to ensure that you are always online.
Having proper applications and software installed within your cloud will enable you to collaborate with the team from absolutely anywhere. Your team will be location and device-independent with their productivity increasing.
Forbes says when you work in the cloud your company will enjoy greater productivity and accelerated results. This is thanks to increased efficiency due to online automation, better process management, and seamless integration between different tools and software services. For instance, we have helped an eCommerce company to go 100% remote from its management to operations are on a common platform within the cloud. Starting from the assignment of work to the team right up to fulfillment of orders is done on a common platform within the cloud. Having 100% of remote teams leads to saving in rent and expensive office spaces in downtown. Today just by moving to the cloud this company has increased profitability by 120% and improved productivity with a reduced churn rate of their employees.
Cloud computing is a more affordable option for small businesses. If used to its maximum potential, you will save money across the board – on staff costs, app consolidation, hardware, and software packages. Plus, you’ll also save a lot of money by saving time.
For example, consider a sample application like Microsoft Office which was sitting on your desktop with Google coming up with their G-Suite it changed the dynamics, and desktop applications are moving to the cloud. Basic subscriptions are free and based on features there is a small price. Which is far lesser than what you would pay for desktop versions.
It’s not only about desktop applications we are working with companies who want to move their ERP to the cloud. This enables them to save on expensive equipment like local servers, office space, etc. Apart from that enables them to access their data from anywhere. When I was talking to a CTO of a company he said having an ERP onsite is like maintaining an elephant. Today just by moving his ERP to the cloud he managed to free up his local office space and to move over 70% accounting staff remote, there is now close to 90% reduction in IT staff that was required to maintain the local infrastructure that was there. The money was saved in rent and low salaries as he could employ a remote workforce from Tier 2 cities. When it comes to cloud it’s not about just saving your cost on infrastructure but the savings are rippled across the complete organization.
Cloud technology has brought exciting new opportunities for small businesses to compete on a global scale. Thanks to innovative products that provide storage, software, and infrastructure through the cloud, businesses can minimize their IT expenses. Additionally, the monthly or annual billing rates set by cloud service providers can help you eliminate surprise expenses such as emergency server repairs.
Everything from PBX phone services to accounting and project management tools come through the cloud. Consequently, you can equip your small business with the capabilities that, in the past, only large corporations could afford.