Did you know that the Internet has an official birthday? On March 12th we celebrate the day computer programmer Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote the paper which evolved into a framework for the worldwide web.
An awful lot has changed since 1989, including the ways in which the Internet can help your business. Grab a slice of birthday cake and celebrate by looking at one of the many helpful benefits of the good old Internet.
It may surprise you to learn that cloud computing has an even longer history that the Internet, with the concept first originating way back in the 1960s*. Today, the Cloud and the Internet are tightly linked in our minds, and cloud computing is becoming ever-present in daily life.
We use the Cloud to communicate with others, access information, read and react to news, manage our finances, listen to music, and much more. You’re probably accessing this website via the Cloud in some shape or form.
In technical terms, Cloud Computing means using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet instead of relying on a local server or a personal computer to store, manage, and process data. True globalisation, accessibility, success and mass education are all results of the spread of Cloud Computing. It is also very handy if you are looking for a solution which will help your business run more effectively.
Get your head in the Cloud
You are doing your business a disservice if you don’t already use Cloud computing. For one, you are losing ground to competitors with more efficient operations. Plus, being limited to a local server diminishes the potential for business growth. Designed to store, manage and process data, Cloud computing supports your business and helps it grow by providing limitless opportunities to harness the power of the internet.
Businesses are increasingly shifting more and more of their operations from traditional infrastructure to the cloud, won over by the fact that it allows them the freedom to grow without an excessive increase in IT costs. This is all thanks to the fact that cloud computing enables companies of any size to access, work on and use data via the internet.
The latest trend amongst SMEs and start-ups is adopting a hosted or SaaS (software as a service) ERP cloud application which offers improved efficiency and greater competitive advantage.
Moving your ERP to the Cloud has a number of silver linings, including:
Cloud Computing Security
There’s a misconception that your data is more secure if it’s stored on your own premises. In reality, it’s probably safer in a managed data centre, maintained by professionals, than in your company’s server room. Cloud providers are fully prepared for the responsibility of managing data and ensuring that all the appropriate measures are in place to prevent breaches.
Cloud computing can reduce the total cost of computing
Moving to an on-demand IT service means your business can save on heavy upfront spending on software licences and hardware, such as servers, as well as any additional maintenance and upgrade costs. What’s more, the dramatically reduced overall cost of ownership and monthly payment options give smaller businesses a lot more freedom to grow.
Cloud computing scalability
Using an ERP allows you to scale up your systems by adding different functions and modules. It allows you full control and flexibility when it comes to increase or decrease the number of user licences required. With a SaaS ERP you can pay per month, per user, avoiding unnecessary spending on unused licences.
Reduced risk, increased continuity
Having business operations which can be managed remotely means you won’t lose time or money in the event of a flood, fire, power blackout, or other severe weather conditions prevent your staff from coming into the office. All your business documents are also stored in the cloud, so you’re also protected against data loss and operations downtime.
Cloud computing outsourcing
Outsourcing your software to a hosting provider means less internal resources are needed to support and maintain ageing hardware. This enables your company’s internal IT professionals to focus delivering growth and profitability by improving other IT processes and requirements.
There’s no need to dread software updates, even if you have configured your original software to meet your needs. All of the updates are managed by the software vendor, so you can rest assured that all your bespoke configurations will remain, working seamlessly in tandem with the new technology.
Cloud computing can be accessed through any device, anytime
If your business software is in the cloud, you will be able to access your data wherever and whenever you need it, as long as you have an internet connection. This puts crucial business data at your fingertips, gives you more control of key information and improves overall productivity.
Collaboration and engagement
Cloud ERP enables employees to access and work on documents simultaneously, which increases opportunities for collaboration and, in turn, improves efficiency.
Speed of cloud computing deployment models
A cloud ERP solution can be up and running in half the time it would take to install software on-site, since delays with on-premises implementation are usually caused by issues with the procurement of suitable hardware.
Cloud computing solutions
As a true made-in-the-cloud ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central offers business owners the functionality and flexibility they need to run their businesses.
Get in touch today if you want to discuss which cloud computing deployment model is best for you, and find a Microsoft partner with the knowledge and experience to help your business grow.
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