The impact of the global pandemic has reshaped the way businesses operate and the way teams communicate internally and externally with their customers.
Many companies are now choosing to adopt the hybrid working model, with a portion of their employees continuing to work remotely while others have returned to the office. This progressive change in working models has highlighted the importance of having the right infrastructure in place to ensure business continuity and maintain communication.
Moving to a cloud-based system is becoming less of a casual consideration and more of a necessity for businesses.
There’s no denying it, the cloud is the way forward for businesses to succeed in 2022. In fact, 80% of companies say they have experienced operation improvements within the first few months of adopting cloud tech.
If you were on the fence before, read on as there is a strong possibility that those that don’t make the transition run the risk of being left behind.
Here are 5 reasons why moving to the cloud is a no brainer for 2022:
1. Greater Flexibility
With many employees still working remotely, either full-time or part-time, it’s important to have a system that can facilitate their needs regardless of location. With Azure Virtual Desktop, employees can access their desktops from anywhere.
And whilst uncertainty still remains regarding any mass return to the office in the future, businesses can rest easy knowing there is the option of scaling the up or down, depending on requirements, without having to invest in expensive additional hardware.
2. Safer Data
Cyberattacks are on the rise, and so safe and secure storage of data should be a huge priority for businesses. Using a cloud-based system, data is safer from the dangers of corruption or destruction.
In the event of work premises and/or devices being damaged or destroyed, the business can easily access all data and get itself up and running again in a new location or on a new device in no time. With a managed cloud-based system, businesses can also rely on the support of an experienced and knowledgeable team as a backup in the event of a cyberattack.
3. Saves Money for Businesses
A managed cloud-based system can save money both in the short term and the long term. Having a third party overseeing the IT infrastructure can make more sense financially as the cost of purchasing and maintaining hard drives, workstations, mobile devices and the software necessary to run the systems can escalate quickly.
A survey by Findstack found that medium-sized businesses find it 40% more cost-effective to employ third-party cloud platforms than maintaining an in-house system. This comes back to the flexibility side of things, as businesses can ‘pay as they use’ when availing of the services of a cloud service provider.
Another point is that the cost of maintaining a physical on-premises IT infrastructure is no longer an issue, as maintenance and updates are all covered by the packages offered by the cloud service provider.
4. Quality of Service
Due to the nature of the IT industry, cloud service providers have access to high performance and high-quality cloud storage which can then be offered to businesses at a lower cost.
Many businesses may not have the budget for the same high-quality equipment, software and cloud storage if they were to acquire it independently.
5. Easier for Teams to Collaborate
As mentioned above, for many businesses that have employees working a combination of onsite and offsite days, the need for the infrastructure to facilitate smoother collaboration is increased. Teams need to be able to communicate with each other on projects, regardless of their physical location.
Cloud services are designed for collaboration as it means all the data and files are held securely in one location that can be accessed by all team members from anywhere they are working. This allows teams to assign tasks, share and edit documents and resources in a smoother and more efficient way.
Having a cloud-based system also provides a consistent workflow across the entire team as everyone is working off the same system, which in turn improves productivity.
So what cloud-based services can Calnet IT Solutions provide for businesses?
This is a cloud computing service that allows you to build, test, deploy and manage applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centres. The Microsoft Azure team at Calnet IT Solutions can accommodate whatever a business requires, from virtual hosted desktops, servers, applications and backups.
Azure Virtual Desktop
This is ideal for teams working in different locations as it allows employees to have secure access to all of their data, emails and applications from any device. Azure Virtual Desktop allows for every employee to have the same experience as a local desktop or laptop wherever they happen to be working.
Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery
Calnet IT Solutions managed cloud backup and disaster recovery services ensure that the data is securely backed up at all times and should the time come, it can be recovered rapidly, intact and consistent.
The added bonus is that Calnet IT Solutions ensures that a dedicated support team is there to help, every step of the way. With certified data centres located in Ireland and the UK, businesses can be assured that their data is safely secured.
Microsoft Office 365
When it comes to business productivity tools, businesses need to look no further than Microsoft 365. This top-class suite of tools such as Word Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook, when supercharged by the cloud, are all available from anywhere, and on any device.
It enables businesses to be more flexible, more productive, and more cost-effective:
- Businesses have the ability to chat, make calls, host online meetings, share files and collaborate in real-time.
- With over 1 TB of secure cloud storage, there’s a huge capacity for managing and sharing files across teams.
- Businesses can avail themselves of the most up to date versions of the Office applications and services.
- Communication has never been so easy and smooth with the ability to reliably connect with customers and co-workers from anywhere, by any device with Outlook and Exchange for email and calendar organisation.
So to sum up, it’s a no-brainer for businesses to move to a cloud-based system for 2022 – the benefits are clear to see and it’s important for businesses to take the necessary steps to stay ahead and ensure their teams can communicate and work in the most productive and efficient manner.