t Aldridge, we have been in business since 1984. We’ve seen the growth of technology, and we’ve watched as many Cloud tools have become available for small businesses, not just the huge corporations. With the growing use of these tools, there also comes the growing requirement to make some changes.
The growth of Cloud technology, like email, has obviously been a highly effective tool that is now the norm in the vast majority of business communication. This transition has created new needs for small businesses.
For instance, ten years ago, it would have been no big deal if a business’s email system went down for 10-12 days. It was not their primary form of communication.
Now, if an email system is down for even 10 minutes there is an uproar and a minor crisis for the business.
So, what is a business going to do if the server in their closet overheats on a summer day? That affects your business. This is where the progressive transition to more Cloud-based technology comes into play. Cloud-based technology provides more reliability, more dependability.
But When Should These Transitions Be Made?
Many businesses have been progressively making the transition to Cloud tools, and this means that businesses now have a lot of important questions: “When should I make the transition to using more Cloud-based technology in my business? What tools should I be using? What tool or software is going to be best for my business?
The first and most important part of knowing when and what changes to make is to have an IT partner. While we would obviously suggest partnering with an IT Outsourcing company, like Aldridge, there are other IT support companies available, as well as the option of having your own IT support team.
Don’t Look Before You Leap, but Take Guided Steps
What must be understood is that the transition to Cloud-based technology can’t be one single jump, nor should it be done without the guidance of an IT pro.
For instance, if you’ve got 40 users in your company and you suddenly decide to sign up for a dozen different apps or services, you can’t expect it to just fit together and work well. You need Cloud technology that is tailored to your business, designed to fit and interact well with other software and applications, and you will definitely need ongoing IT support.
Be Prepared for a Transition
It is important for businesses to think about the future. Where there is an opportunity, such as enough users with reliable and adequate bandwidth and applications that can be taken to the Cloud, go for it. Eliminate the need for hardware, increase redundancy and reliability. Make transitional steps.
Get that server out of the overheated closet and into the Cloud.
But remember that not all of the steps will happen immediately, and there may be a few bumps in the road as you move over. As you are transitioning, let your staff know, and be in frequent communication with your IT team about each stage.
“We Aren’t Ready to Completely Jump Into the Cloud – What Now?”
There are some businesses that just aren’t quite big enough to jump into the Cloud just yet. But they will need to eventually.
To prepare for this inevitable transition, small businesses should set themselves up with as many Cloud-based applications as fits their needs and industry.
An excellent first step is moving to a web-based application, such as Google Apps or Office 365, and hosted email. We recommend that small businesses stay with mainstream vendors during this stage. These mainstream applications aren’t tailored for each individual, but they are simple to use and provide IT support for their software.
When choosing your web-based applications, take into consideration:
- What are the technological needs of my company?
- Does this application suit the needs of my business?
- Will this application allow for an easy transition to Cloud-based technology as we grow?
- Is this a reliable application with helpful IT support from the vendor?
Are you first entering the Cloud world? Unsure what types of tools to implement in your company to increase efficiency and streamline your tools?
Our IT consulting team can help your business find ways to streamline its systems, services, and more as we work with you towards building more affordable, effective, and reliable IT options.