The concept of cloud computing has been around for a good few years now, and an increasing number of businesses are looking to take advantage.
So much has been spoken and written about the IT delivery technique, which sees firms source hardware, software and apps over the internet.
In short, it means firms do not have to blow their entire IT budget on a single major investment – they can simply rent the infrastructure they need or a new programme from a remote vendor.
The helps small firms operate more flexibly, with greater agility, while also providing access to more advanced services than they could afford in the past and offering security and continuity benefits.
But using the cloud can also help businesses reduce overheads, such as money spent on property rent and fuel for their vehicles.
By moving more processes online, firms have the opportunity to embrace teleworking – where employees stay at home rather than coming into the office.
With more people taking advantage of home working, there is less point having a huge – and expensive – office area.
Equally, making full use of the internet can cut business travel costs, which given the high fuel prices seen today can make a significant difference to the bottom line.
Posted by the Secret Businessman