MAKING THE CLOUD WORK FOR YOUR BUSINESS
The cloud is defined as “computing based on the internet,” with benefits such as speed and security. It has quickly become the bedrock of doing business digitally and many experts predict cloud managed service providers will triple soon unleashing a “cloud gold rush” that will boom into a $300 billion dollar business. Whether you’re fully on the cloud or using a hybrid model, here are ten ways businesses large and small can capitalize on the expansion.
Engages Productivity without Barriers
The cloud helps to keep employees satisfied and engaged, by making it easy to work remotely or even reducing the number of weekends needed onsite for application deployments. Employees feel connected and less over-worked.
Remote employees who use cloud apps are 13% more productive than their peers.
85% of employees who use 6+ cloud apps for work feel they have optimal work-life balance.
Enhances Customer Experience
Organizations with cloud contact center technology report 18% higher customer satisfaction. Good businesses understand that enhancing the customer experience is a direct route to improving their customer retention. Using the cloud or combining it with your existing server structure centers your customer by providing more features to help ease their pain points.
Powers Your Business Virtually
Cloud technology offers accessibility regardless of locale, allowing employees to stay responsive and tend to their work virtually. At this point, WFH life is more a long-term solution than passing trend. Not only do employees who work from home report higher job satisfaction, having a remote workforce supported by the cloud gives employers the added assurance of business continuity, no matter what in-office disruptions they may face in the future.
87% of companies now rely on employees using their personal smartphones to access cloud-based apps and services.
66% of workers say offices will disappear by 2030.
Cuts Unnecessary Costs
Looking at the upfront cost rather than a subscription-based model can be daunting when committing to an IT investment. If you’re not ready to take the plunge, hybrid cloud offers you the opportunity to migrate incrementally at your own pace. This means you can spread associated costs over a longer period and test before committing.
94% of IT executives said the cloud would reduce setup and maintenance costs.
20% on average overall cost savings reported by IT reports after switching to the cloud.
Makes Your Business More Competitive
Instead of relying exclusively on a limited, specialized team to WOW their customers, small businesses that adopt cloud services not have access to enterprise-class technology. A hybrid cloud model allows companies to leverage their legacy systems and scale them up to the cloud bases on fluctuating demand.
Businesses that adopt cloud computing grow 19.6% faster than those that don’t
74% of organizations say the cloud gives their team a competitive advantage.
It is More Environmentally Friendly
The impressive environmental impacts of switching to the cloud makes it an almost altruistic act. Whether you’re fully on the cloud of using a hybrid model, the cloud allows for energy fluctuations based on your needs. This scalable server capacity shrinks your carbon footprint, even as you expand your brand.
The cloud is up to 98% more eco-friendly than on-premises hosting alone.
Companies who switch to the cloud can reduce their energy consumption by up to 95% and cut utility costs by up to 90%.
Reaches Business Influencers on Social Media
By leveraging the cloud, businesses can automate their social media management and identify business with a direct line to their target audiences.
87% consumers surveyed stated that they were inspired to make a purchase based on a business influencer’s recommendation.
Gets You Future-Ready
With different kinds of automation and analytics to Artificial Intelligence (AI) like chatbots, having access to advanced cloud computing resources helps you pivot toward long-term success. The average person uses 36 cloud-based services every single day.
Supports International Growth
Moving to the cloud helps businesses expand internationally. Whether you send an individual point person or an entire team overseas, cloud computing makes it possible for them to access essential files and company data in real-time, regardless of their new country code. It also gives businesses more say over where sensitive-data is stored, avoiding any regulatory or compliance complications.
62% of tech businesses on both sides of the Atlantic say they primarily pursue international expansion to grow their customer base.
Frees Up Time and Resources
By working with the cloud, key members of your team have fewer server-related responsibilities. Many of those are now offloaded to a cloud services vendor responsible for updates, security, software and hardware upgrades, fixing bugs, etc.
36% of respondents say decreasing IT staff workload is a primary reason for using the cloud.
Each benefit individually you could easily make a case for utilizing the cloud. Putting all 10 benefits together and it’s likely to be a smooth sailing for your business, financially and physically.
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