Thursday, March 24, 2016
Cloud Technology Gives Startups Huge Advantage
In terms of IT flexibility and power, there’s never been a better time to launch your own small company. Thanks in large part to cloud-based technology, small business startups are able to leverage their effectiveness and agility to become much more competitive in the marketplace. The days of having a dedicated and robust IT department and staff in place – and the huge costs associated with that – are long-gone. In essence, the playing field between small startups and mega corporations has been leveled.
Cloud Computing at a Glance
In an earlier blog
, we delved into the basics of understanding cloud computing and how it works. It’s helpful to know that the word “cloud” is being used as a metaphor for the word Internet. In cloud computing, the data and programs you need are stored on the Internet rather than hard drives in your office. This makes all of your files accessible from practically any Internet portal in the world.
How Small Startups Benefit From the Cloud
Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, and by utilizing cloud computing, you pay only for what you need. For example, software packages like Adobe’s Creative Suite – now known as Adobe Creative Cloud – are now sold online rather than collectively as a boxed set. If you only wanted to only use Photoshop, you’d only purchase Photoshop rather than shelling out money for the entire package. If you find that your company needs additional programs or services, you merely scale up in the cloud. Likewise, if you find that all those extra services aren’t needed, you simply eliminate them.
Collaboration is key to just about any business. With the cloud, there’s no limit to when and where your staff can work. As long as you have an Internet connection, you’ll have access to your files – whether you’re around the corner or on the other side of the world. As controller of any document, you’ll have say over who can access your files.
Because cloud computing is grounded in the notion of mobility, there’s no need for huge outlays of cash for hardware, installation and maintenance costs, upgrades and support expenses. In fact, you’ll be able to implement a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach to your office, with your employees working from computer devices they are already familiar with.
As you can tell, we’re pretty stoked about cloud computing. We’d love to talk with you about your business and how we can help it to grow through cloud technology. Contact us here at C3IT
by calling 800-728-1411.