Business in the Cloud: Is it Really Easier?

Sharing and saving files has seen a significant evolution. From big floppy disks to CDs to flash drives, the devices being used to share files are smaller and more capable. This modern shift accommodates the ‘on-the-go’ lifestyle of consumers and businesses. As the evolution continues, companies no longer need to save information on a specific device. Now, they can access information from any device, any time, thanks to the ‘cloud’.

There is one question that companies ask when considering migrating to the cloud. Is business in the cloud actually easier? There is much to consider when making this decision. The answer to this question is different depending on your business and its unique needs, so you will ultimately have to answer that question yourself. That said, here are some helpful benefits you can expect to have if you shift to the cloud.

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Cloud computing refers to the sharing of resources, software and information via a network, or the internet. The information companies put in the cloud is stored on physical servers maintained by cloud solution providers, like Microsoft’s OneDrive. Users can then access their stored data and information on the cloud, as long as they have an internet connection.

More Accessibility

Cloud computing requires an internet connection and there has been an explosion of connectivity options. Since an internet connection can be found almost anywhere these days, employees have increased mobility. Employees work remotely from a laptop or mobile device, without carrying documents around. Accessibility triggers higher levels of productivity through a quicker exchange of information and ideas.

Reduced Costs

Besides the convenience of not having to buy software, using cloud applications can be less expensive. Typically, the initial purchase is just a fraction of the cost of owning software, there are significant ongoing costs associated with the care and feeding of software. Cloud providers manage all that time and cost for you. Depending on what your business needs are, cloud applications and providers have a variety of plans with different costs associated. Typically, cloud applications are paid for on a monthly or yearly basis.

Seamless Integrations

With cloud computing, consolidating separate application needs into a single cloud computing service is achievable. For example, Microsoft’s Office was only available in desktop versions. This suite is now available in a cloud-based version called Microsoft Office 365. Along with having an application ‘suite’ in the cloud, MCA technology solutions include open API interfaces, making them compatible with many other applications or solutions you are already using.

Automatic Updates

In the cloud, providers are responsible for product performance. Cloud providers ensure updates are available and easy to download. This saves companies time and you don’t have to be a software expert in order to complete the update. The cloud provider notifies users of an update and informs what to expect.

Easy Set-Up Experience

Implementing a cloud computing service is quick and easy. Cloud-based MCA technology solutions can be rapidly tailored to fit business goals. Microsoft Dynamics 365 is one example of modern cloud solution. Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementations allow companies to ensure corporate goals are achieved. Business process are easily configured in the software increasing employees productivity.

If you are currently a user of Microsoft Dynamics on-premise and wondering if you should upgrade to the online version, here are some helpful insights:

  • The Dynamics 365 production environment is kept up-to-date. Microsoft manages upgrades centrally. The result is fewer IT resources are needed to maintain the system. Your IT infrastructure is simplified as part of the software.
  • The cloud version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the first to upgrade. Sometimes features are not even offered in the on-premise version.
  • Microsoft uses multiple security layers and offers configurable security roles to keep your data safe.
  • Power BI provides additional insight in the cloud version, adding more robust analytics capabilities.
  • Dynamics 365 is priced on a recurring per user price. With no servers to buy/maintain, and fewer staff needed for support, companies may find they pay less with the cloud solution.

Cloud computing is relatively new to many businesses but is becoming more widespread. These advantages, and more, could positively impact your business. If you’d like to discuss more about Microsoft’s cloud services or just cloud computing in general, or other MCA technology solutions, please contact us. One of our team experts would be happy to chat about your business needs.

Author: Claude Watson, CEO of MCA Connect

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