Cloud computing is the latest buzz word. Many companies are adopting this convenient, on-demand service to enable themselves to save the costs involved in establishing computing infrastructure such as hard drives, development platforms, databases, computing power, or complete software applications.
Whether you are using public cloud, private cloud, virtual private cloud and/or hybrid cloud for your organization, cloud computing focuses on core business processes and offers greater efficiency by allowing data center upkeep and maintenance to be managed offsite. Cloud computing is certainly an alternative technology to get the job done in with less money.
Cloud computing has penetrated each and every department of any organization including human resources, maintenance/operations, marketing, product development, IT (maybe), logistics (if shipping/movement of items), customer service (if needed)/product support, and legal (if a large corporation).
Till now, the finance/accounting department of any organization was not touched by cloud computing, but how accountancy software player Sage has launched its first payroll system available in the cloud. The web-based Sage One Payroll system was developed by Sage’s Dublin R&D team. Sage One Payroll system is suitable for companies with 15 or fewer employees and for management with no specialized payroll knowledge or IT skills.
In this dot-com boom, cloud computing has proved to be the hottest ideas and nobody can deny the advantages of it. But, do you think, sensitive financial information should reside on the Internet? Don’t you think ubiquitous access to data would make it more prone to theft? For small business owners, financial information is very sensitive data. So, before putting your most sensitive data in the cloud, you need to be sure that you are keeping your most valuable data on the cloud. I’m glad to see people exploring this aspect of the cloud. However, if you don’t mind putting financial information on cloud, you should consider the below mentioned points:
• Does the security protocals of the cloud solution provider as tight as yours?
• Who owns the data, and how can you get your data back should you decide to terminate the contract?
• What happens to your data cloud provider company goes out of business?
• “Get your IT security people involved as they are expert and they will be able to tell you how secure your data is on the cloud. “