An Effective Cloud Strategy is Key to Small Biz I.T.

Microsoft Office 365 Logo 1280px PNGThere’s a tremendous amount of buzz in the tech world about the Cloud, particularly when it comes to small business.  With buzz comes hype, and with hype, sometimes we as business owners can get tugged town the wrong strategic path. We may spend money on services we don’t need, or even damage our workforce’s productivity by hitching our companies to offerings we just don’t need.

To address these concerns, every small/medium business needs a Cloud strategy. It doesn’t have to be a thousand-page manual–but all small business CEOs need to know three things:

1 – What the Cloud actually is (answer here)

2 – What pieces of your I.T. infrastructure would actually improve if they moved to the Cloud?

3 – In the long term, what services offered in the Cloud can benefit the business?

Once you’ve identified a few pieces of your I.T. puzzle that could be improved by moving to the Cloud, you’re ready to make the next step.  Maybe it makes sense to move messaging to the Cloud (for example, replacing Exchange Server with Office 365).  Maybe it makes sense to move file sharing into the Cloud. The key to making strategically beneficial decisions about Cloud services is understanding what each service can do for your organization–and what existing assets each service may free you from.

For instance, if you move messaging to the Cloud, you’ll be largely free of spam and delivery blocking problems, but you’ll also be tying your horse to somebody else’s hitch: since you don’t own the server any more, you’ll be involved in a perpetual subscription, paying every month for access to your own email.

Another example would be file sharing. In the Cloud, file sharing is just the same as it is on your in-house file-server, except it may be slower. Depending on the Internet speeds between the sharing users and the Cloud service, the experience may be better–or worse–than sharing with an in-house file server.

Give us a call and we’ll help you build the right Cloud strategy for your business.