Smart Hustle Magazine - join the community and get your FREE subscription. Click here to join!

Business Relocation – How Cloud Computing Can Help

Relocation doesn't have to be unpleasant.

So, you’ve decided to relocate your business. I know it is not an easy decision to make. Owning and running a business is a challenging task, especially if you are small business owner. Moving your business to another location can be one of the biggest decisions you make regarding your business. Relocating your business can be a stressful time for many entrepreneurs. It normally presents many logistical challenges to relocate your office equipment and, more importantly, getting it set up and working again as quickly as possible. Relocating computers, servers and other IT equipment can also be difficult as you will have to reconnect it all again at your new location.

One good way for small business owners to avoid many of the problems associated with relocation is to use a cloud computing service. Cloud computing is essentially moving all your IT services to a remote location and using that to store your data for you to access remotely.

Using a cloud system doesn’t just only help you when you are relocating, it can save the small business owner a lot of money on IT infrastructure. By using a cloud email service, for example, you eliminate the need for having an email server at your business location and you can also save money by reducing the number of IT staff needed to keep the server working correctly. The cloud services vendor also take care of all the technical issues to ensure the service runs smoothly and without any problems.

The cloud service also offers data storage, which is the perfect solution for accessing your data without needing your own servers. Here again you can save money by not having to purchase your own equipment and hire staff to keep it operating. You can have all the data you need safely stored in a remote location and you can your staff can gain access to the data whenever you need it.

More and more people are using smart phones and other wireless devices. You don’t need to shut down your services during relocation because by using cloud service, you can easily update any important data to your employees. Cloud services are also scalable, which means you only pay for the services you need and how many users you have depending on the size of your business, which can save you a lot of costs in the long run. Then, when the business grows, you can grow your cloud services with it.

Having a cloud service will make relocating your business less of a headache as you can simply log in from your new location and access your email and data. A web-based relocation management tracking system can offer you safe, secure and reliable access to your data. These softwares ensure the product operates smoothly, with no hassles at your end!

avatar

About Mandira Srivastava

Mandira Srivastava is based in Bangalore, India. Equipped with mass communication degree, she started her career as editor-coordinator at Vadamalia media. She is a professional writer with over 4 years of experience and specializes in article writing, article rewriting and custom content development for websites & blogs.

2 thoughts on “Business Relocation – How Cloud Computing Can Help

  1. avatarAnonymous

    Thanks Mandira. The cloud is a great tool that can make many practical things easier. Yet, here at Symantec, we found in a recent survey that while many organizations are evaluating the move to the cloud, less than 20 percent have actually crossed the finish line with their cloud implementations. One of the main concerns is achieving security for cloud environments. Customers need to know that their data is kept safe when it is transmitted and stored by a cloud provider. Solutions need to address data sensitivity, trust levels, and regulatory and compliance issues.  SMBs should remember that it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach to cloud computing. Leveraging cloud services are an easy first step to moving to the cloud. While it may take time to prepare to move business-critical applications, you can start immediately with simpler applications and services. For your readers looking to move to the cloud, I think they might find these tips useful: http://bit.ly/rnJ8jc
     
    Chris Halcon
    Symantec

    Reply
  2. avatarMarcel den Hartog

    Mandira, thanks for this article. It really shows that picking an IT Strategy should always be based on a “fit-for-purpose” model. A very important reason for this could be the fact that the data an SMB “owns” is not allowed to reside in Cloud.

    Legislation is often still not clear on what people can- and cannot host in the Cloud, and since the advantage of IT often comes from integrating applications, this can even prevent them from moving bits and pieces to the Cloud. An example: legal documents written by lawyers contain  privacy sensitive data, but the emails they send as well. Can they rely on a Cloud Based eMail solution? Nobody knows…

    Of course, we are all hoping that legislation will soon be clear on what businesses can and cannot do, but also education is key. Not only IT people but many entrepreneurs and managers of small businesses have no concept of the types of SLA’s that are available. For now, they are bombarded with the “advantages” of Cloud and not often about the risks. Cloud does not exist in isolation and will always have strong ties with “what’s already there”..

    Lots of education to be done…

    For more insight on the strong connection between “Legacy” systems and Cloud, have a look here: http://bit.ly/p8oC1f

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>