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As the UK’s small businesses grapple with labour shortages, rising inflation, and increased running costs, here we reveal how a cloud-first strategy could help streamline your operations, better protect your business against cyber security, and save you money.
Technology has always been the key to working smarter, harder, and faster, and in the midst of growing uncertainty – spurred on by a cost-of-living crisis – it’s never been more important for small businesses to take advantage of the tech that’s at their disposal.
One form of technology with huge potential benefits to transform the operations of small businesses is cloud-based working, which really proved its worth during the pandemic.
The gap between those who had already moved to the cloud and those who had not was never more prevalent than during the various lockdowns, when it provided a clear competitive advantage. Those companies who were still reliant on ‘traditional’ legacy systems, such as paper records and onsite servers, faced a huge uphill challenge. And with employees looking for long-term flexibility in how and where they carry out their duties, its importance remains high.
But being able to work from anywhere isn’t the only benefit of becoming cloud-based. Here we look at all the reasons why a move to the cloud should be top of the agenda for ambitious small businesses.
Most people are now familiar with the concept of using the cloud. One common example being to use it as place to save personal photos and files. Cloud-based working takes this a step further.
In basic terms, working in the cloud means using software and services that run on the internet. Before the cloud, businesses would rely on storing data on physical resources, such as hard drives and servers. The larger the company, the more onsite storage they would need, which meant that scaling up – especially at speed – was a real headache.
The option to work in the cloud has eliminated the need for this type of local network storage, making it possible to access applications and data your business relies on from anywhere in the world. This has empowered business, supporting them to become more agile, productive and responsive, and also opening the door to global talent pools! (Because if you can login from anywhere, you can work from anywhere!).
Cloud-based systems have also provided an additional layer of protection against cyberattacks. Having data stored off-site in an encrypted location that only authorised users can access makes it far more difficult for a business to be hacked, or data destroyed or held to ransom.
While storing data on the cloud is nothing new, making the switch to fully cloud-based working and then putting in place a cloud-first strategy, is an important next step. As the world increasingly goes digital, it’s something that is rapidly gaining in momentum, as businesses to take full advantage of the technology that’s now available. Indeed, 85% of organisations are expected to have embraced a cloud-first strategy by 2025.
But what exactly does it entail?
Adopting a cloud-first strategy means your business always considers the cloud first, when it comes to existing systems and processes, and anything new you might introduce. It sees most, or all, of the company’s infrastructure being based on a cloud-computing platform.
A cloud-first strategy is an approach that can help teams get the most out of their investment, by ensuring that all the possibilities presented by the cloud are always explored. It doesn’t mean you have to have a ‘cloud-only’ mindset (where only cloud solutions are allowed), just that the cloud is always the first option to be considered.
Developing this type of strategy can unlock many benefits, including for data security, disaster recovery, cost savings and more.
At Dragon IS, we are experienced in working with small and growing businesses to support them in successfully making the move to cloud-based working. We pride ourselves on talking plainly, with no jargon, to help our customers get the most from their IT systems,
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