Throughout its existence which has undoubtedly changed our lives for the better, there have always been some problems with computers; ranging from viruses and the loss of important files because you hit a button and don’t know what happened to less chaotic things like a wireless printer that won’t connect or a slow Internet connection speed.
Now and again you do get those momentous occasions where you can go a few days without some kind of computer-related drama in your life, but even the most reliable of manufacturers and developers still suffer with a variety of issues that will always need resolving. That’s why companies pay so much to have the very best developers and those with an in-depth knowledge of all things IT so that they can resolve issues quickly and effectively.
They also invest huge sums of cash into the latest and greatest software and programmes that have been designed specifically to improve the fortunes and performance of the company by taking pressure off the employees and automating the processes – look at car manufacturing for example, humans wouldn’t be able to perform some of the tasks, certainly not as quickly as computers can, and they can run 24/7 to ensure that consumers are able to buy their cars.
In a business sense, investing in certain services is important because you’re always on the lookout for ways to take the company forward and to make life easier for your staff. The development of cloud hosting services is just one example of an implementation that has transformed how companies carry out their processes and has been proven to not only make things run more efficiently, but also to increase productivity. ‘The cloud’ might seem a bit unusual for many who are used to working on one machine and saving all of their files in the ‘my documents’ folder on their desktops, but it has proven to improve efficiency throughout just about every area of the business that chooses to utilise it.
A lot of businesses use the cloud for storage purposes and file transfers, making it simpler than ever before to share colleagues, clients and customers into important documents. Instead of having to email across each update, those shared into the file have access at any time and it doesn’t cost the host company in terms of extra storage, making it a vital cost-saving investment as well as a practical one.
The fact that it saves money isn’t the biggest benefit, (although it is an important one as any business owner will tell you). The agility offered by cloud computing is key meaning that users can access the files from anywhere in the world on any machine through their company log-in details. If a project needs working on out-of-hours or while you’re away on other business, you don’t have to worry about how it’s going to get done when you have no access to your desktop PC as simply logging in on your laptop, tablet or even your smartphone is quick and easy meaning no downtime and increased productivity – two of the boss’ favourite things!
While there are various cloud hosting services out there that offer free storage over the web, none are as beneficial as those that have been designed specifically for businesses. Sure, they’re going to require investment and it will mean spending some time training staff on how to use it, but when you do invest in a software service – like cloud hosting – you get far more than just the software, you get support from the developers which can be highly advantageous should anything go wrong, and you don’t need to worry about bringing in your own internal support technicians “just in case.”
To summarise, ‘the cloud’ has helped to remove the trials and tribulations associated with extra spending on software and storage, removed the downtime and decreased productivity associated with staff absences from the office and also enabled bosses to rely on the support from the developers themselves instead of hiring extra staff – at extra cost – to resolve any issues. You’ve got to love the cloud!