Why do growing businesses need a Cloud Roadmap?
November 8, 2017

Why a Cloud Roadmap is an imperative for a growing business. 

Few things are harder than growing a business.

On the one hand, you’re trying to scale your processes and operations, bring in new talent and serve your customers with more sustainable methods.  Alternatively, you’re clutching onto the agility and culture that made your small business so special and gave it s identity in the first place. It’s a tough balance to find.

The thing is, there’s never been a better time to be a growing business. The rise of cloud-based tech (technology managed cloud or accessed over the internet) has changed the game.

The cloud has made it incredibly easy to tap into the kinds of powerful, ultra-secure technology that only the biggest businesses used to have. What’s more, this tech is more affordable and easy-to-use than ever before.

Now growing businesses can exploit its uses to collaborate more effectively, work with agile talent and expedite effectively, their projects.  

The benefits of the correct Cloud Roadmap.

With the correct cloud roadmap, you can reduce IT baggage and more IT firepower. With this, a lot of great things become possible:

  • Lower costs

The cloud eliminates the need for a huge capital expenditure (CapEx) and can help cut costs on licensing fees. Best of all, pay-as-you-go pricing means that you only spend on what you use. 

  • Greater security

Cloud providers can deliver a level of security that no small or medium-sized business operating alone can match. From full encryption and firewalls, to automatic patches and upgrades – the cloud means small businesses stay secure.

  • Reduced admin 

Cloud solutions are easy to implement and deploy, and ongoing maintenance and management is handled by your provider. This means your IT team can focus on more important matters.

  • Greater agility

Since the cloud works on a pay-as-you-go basis, it’s easier to scale your solution up and down, on demand. Cloud contracts are also more flexible than hardware contracts, so you don’t have to worry about being tied to one solution for an extended period of time.

  • Easier mobility

With everything in the cloud, data, apps and even entire desktops are always available to your team on any device – whether they’re working in the office or on the road.

Planning Your Cloud Journey.

While the benefits of the cloud are well-established, it pays to think about how you’re going to embrace them. Too often, growing businesses take an ad-hoc approach to technology, buying solutions as needs arise, without really thinking about a broader roadmap.

In fact, a lot of growing businesses don’t even realise they’re already using the cloud (if you’re using Gmail, you’re using the cloud).  

A more strategic approach means you can identify what you’re missing and plan your way to better collaboration, easier remote working and more efficient processes.  

Still unsure on what the cloud is or what it can do for your business?

To find out more about the many benefits of cloud computing, contact Peter Grayson on 0161 537 4980 or email peter.grayson@quadris.co.uk

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