Top ten ways that businesses can benefit from the Cloud

Business is changing and more and more companies are seeking the freedom to enable staff to work away from the office. Cloud computing will allow you to access your company data and applications online, anywhere and anytime.

Unlike traditional software, cloud software is designed to be easy to use and pay for. This means everyday tasks can be automated and, often, done on smartphones, tablets or laptops, making you more efficient and productive.

Whichever way you use the cloud, it can bring extra flexibility and security to your company, and that’s worth investigating.

Cloud computing gives real benefits. Easy to use, easy to pay for, and accessible from phones, tablets and laptops, cloud applications can make your business more efficient and more productive.
We are seeing increasing numbers of businesses moving their IT to the cloud. But what is cloud computing, and why has it created such a buzz?

In this blog, we look at the top ten ways that businesses can benefit…

Top 10 ways the cloud can help your business

1. It can save you money

With the cloud all you need is an internet connection – you don’t need to spend on costly hardware or in-house IT support, consequently saving money on personnel, floor space and energy bills.

80% – the amount that businesses could save on their IT budget (Source: Microsoft)
90% – potential cost savings on energy bills for SMEs (Source: Autodesk)

2. Boost productivity

The cloud empowers the modern employee as it means they can work from their own devices.
1.5 hours – the number of working hours per day field workers could gain using mobile devices (Source: Accenture)

400% – increase in productivity in companies that invest in cloud technologies (Source: business.com)

3. Encourage collaboration

Collaboration and project management tools go hand in hand with the rise of cloud computing. Even if working remotely, the cloud brings people together, offering transparency and teamwork on projects.
64% of business execs say that initiatives are implemented faster when the business is using cloud collaboration tools (Source: Forbes Insights)

4. Better security

The cloud is one of the most secure data storage options – contrary to popular beliefs – thanks to the incorporation of the latest data encryption technology.
57% of companies using the cloud say it has lead to better data security (Source: Clarium Group)

5. Increase accountability

Manage multiple projects at any one time and keep track of individual contributions.

6. Deliver real-time results

Check your finances, accounts, orders and project status in real time, in one secure place. Moving all your systems and processes into a cloud-based solution gives you your business insight at your fingertips.

7. Scale your business

You’re no longer reliant on the limits of your own hardware. With Cloud, it is easier to expand your IT at the same rate as your business, with no lag or investment risk.

8. Faster decision making

With cloud solutions, you have projects online and accessible to you and your workforce at all times. This means decisions can be made quickly, to keep your business moving at pace.
65% of businesses say that responding faster to business is a key driver for adopting the cloud (Source: Information Week)

9. Create flexibility

The 9-5 office environment will no longer be the norm, very soon; people will be able to work any time, from any location.
90% of businesses move to the cloud to increase productivity outside the office
89% of employee mobile devices that are connected to corporate networks

10. Enjoy peace of mind with automatic updates

You can free up your team’s time, because cloud computing suppliers do the server maintenance, including security and compliance updates, themselves.

60% of businesses move to the cloud to free up IT resource to work on more strategic tasks (Source: Microsoft Dynamics)

91% of SMBs say cloud providers make it easier to satisfy compliance requirements (Source: QuoteColo)
Take a look at cloud based software from Sage.

Whether you’re new to Sage, or have been working with our products for years, switching to one of our cloud solutions will give you the freedom and flexibility to access your software on the move. By hosting data in the cloud and using mobile apps, Sage offers the benefits of stable, reliable desktop software and the flexibility of linking your data in the cloud.

Our cloud-based business management solution, Sage 200 Online, is ideal for growing businesses that want more than just accounts software. Sage 200 Online will help you manage and coordinate your business with the added peace of mind that your data is secure and can be accessed anywhere and anytime. Plus, there’s no need to invest or install new equipment and systems.