What Does the Cloud Mean for Your Business?

It’s no secret that computers, the web, and social media have all dramatically changed the way we work.

Technology now enables us to work faster, more productively, and with more flexibly than ever. You can easily pull together the resources you need for as long as you need them and then let them go when you’re done. You don’t need to add computer systems or people to work on specific project tasks that require some extra help. You can simply go to the cloud.

But exactly what does the cloud mean for your business? What processes and outcomes can a small business achieve through the cloud? To answer that question, let’s dive into using Microsoft Office 365 cloud storage.

The Cloud Helps Your Business Do More

Increased speed and productivity.

Gone are the day’s where businesses can spend years developing a new product or service. Whether your business is a startup or one with a long history, cloud-based tools can accelerate many processes. Technology startups use online collaboration to work with supply chain partners near and far. Companies with a brick-and-mortar presence entice new and existing customers to come in with flash sales or other promotional events. Cloud-based backup facilitates a quicker recovery if natural disaster strikes.

Bring new technology into the business mainstream.

Is your business looking for ways to use cutting-edge technology like mobile apps and devices? Those are best implemented through the cloud, which makes it easier to gather, use, and share data across your business.

Never wait for servers or infrastructure again.

Tired of waiting for IT? With software and apps running in the cloud, non-technical folks can connect with customers, manage financial records, and improve productivity, all without having to install new software and hardware on site.

Cost savings. Pay for usage, not equipment.

Cloud service pricing models let businesses buy the storage and analytical capacity needed now, automates the addition of more as demand and new revenues require, or just as readily scales back when less service capacity is needed.

The biggest impact of the cloud is in how it transforms IT from a cost and a headache into a flexible, affordable driver of innovation. Think of how much your company could get done without the burden of constantly installing, updating, managing, and supporting hardware and software.  In a cloud platform such as Office 365, all that maintenance and security work happens behind the scenes.

A Closer Look at the Benefits of Office 365 Cloud Storage

One of the big features of Office 365 is the software’s ability to work with whatever device you’re using at the moment—your desktop PC or Mac, laptop or desktop, Android phone, iPhone, or Windows Phone. You can log in to your Office 365 account, work on files, share documents, update tasks, post to your discussion forum, join a meeting, send instant messages, and more—from wherever you are at the moment, with whatever device you’ve got. Sweet!

Office 365 makes it easy for you to work with the applications and programs you’re familiar with in the easy-access, always-on tools. You can use Office 365 to:

  • Create a shared team site where you create data libraries, assign tasks, schedule calendars, and more
  • Check everyone’s availability, and schedule online meetings
  • Connect instantly by instant messaging, email, or video calls
  • Keep your files and user accounts secure and keep email safe from spam and scams
  • Create documents, worksheets, presentations, and notebooks, and share them seamlessly
  • Always work with current updates of Office 365 software

Reliable Security with Office 365

Office 365 invests in state-of-the-art security, reliability, and recovery technology to ensure that your files and messages are secure, your data is safe, and you are always able to access and work with your information.

Guaranteed Uptime with Office 365

One of Office 365’s big promises is the guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime promise. This means that your team site, your files, your public website, and all the tools you need will be accessible online 99.9 percent of the time. This might sound like marketing lingo, but it’s an important promise for teams and companies that run the majority of their business processes in the cloud.

Startups and small businesses use cloud services for many reasons, but a cloud platform, like Microsoft Office 365 is really about a better way to do business.

Sources: Partnership with Microsoft, Microsoft Office 365 Connect and Collaborate, Cloud as a Platform


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