This is part one in a two-part series. Read part two here.

In this crazy world, change is almost constant, especially when it comes to businesses and business tech.

It seems like only yesterday that being able to put your products online in front of a global audience was super futuristic — now everybody who’s anybody is on The Cloud. As it becomes easier and safer than ever to join the Cloud Revolution, businesses like yours risk being left behind.

How The Cloud Helps Businesses

Just like having an answering service can help you maintain a smaller staff and higher customer satisfaction, having a space on The Cloud means doing more with less. Any business with eCommerce operations, or even those that do a fair amount of collaborating, can benefit from a Cloud host.

Here are a few of the huge benefits to business in The Cloud:

  • Instantly sharing documents and data. In the good-old days, it was enough to email documents back and forth between parties. Someone would make a change, email it to someone else and they’d do the same — eventually you’d bang out exactly what you wanted, but it didn’t come right away. Hosting in The Cloud means that your employees are sharing their ideas in real-time, streamlining the creative process. If you’re hosting an eCommerce platform in The Cloud, you can be assured that things like inventory numbers are being updated constantly since there’s no wait for uploads or manual processing.
  • Collaborating calendars. Appointment setting can be challenging, especially if you’re using an answering service to help with this vital task. Too often, traditional computing creates opportunities for accidental double-booking or appointments that are mistakenly unscheduled by a lack of follow-through. Fortunately, hosting your calendars on The Cloud allows everyone access to the same view, so you never have to worry about double booking or appointments that fall through the cracks again.
  • Eliminating expensive equipment. Above all else, moving your business operations to a secure server on The Cloud may help reduce your overhead equipment that can be costly to replace, and you may be able to reduce your office size, too.Instead of paying for equipment, software updates and someone to take care of it all, you’ll just rent the space and computing power you need. Pay as you go can work beautifully for businesses, allowing you to focus on your work instead of worrying about why the servers are down — again.
  • Security, security, security. You’d think a virtual computer that holds all your data and software out there somewhere on the Internet would be the least secure place on Earth, but you’d be wrong. In fact, The Cloud is so secure these days that credit card companies like Capital One are moving all their operations to these safer spaces.

Of course, these are just a few of the things The Cloud can do for your business. It’s not the sole territory of tech companies anymore. Businesses large and small, and even low-tech, may find they’ve simplified their tech solutions by moving their operations to The Cloud. There’s no type of business that can’t be boosted by a little Cloud power, but we’ll save those details for the second part of this two-part blog series.