Despite the many benefits of moving to the cloud, many businesses are still hesitant to make the transition. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the movement and how it will affect the business.
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According to a Vodacom Business report, 32 percent of South African businesses are not confident that their data is secure when using cloud services.
There are several reasons why you should be cautious about moving to the cloud:
- Loss of control.
- Outsourcing the performance of your business to a third party.
- What if the system fails?
- Where will the business be if it fails to perform?
- Concern that operations will be affected.
- Security concerns.
The safety card is overplayed. Vendors who have been instilling fear in business owners as part of product launches have spread a large part of this uncertainty. This is despite the fact that the security risk of using existing software is usually reasonably small.
Another reason why cloud services haven’t taken off much is that concerns around management and data protection play a big role for business owners. POPI (Privacy of Personal Information Act) and many other governance protocols, including where data is handled, leave business owners unsure of how this affects customer details and confidential financial information.
It is unfortunate that fear mongering and misinformation are undermining the benefits of cloud solutions. Cloud-based accounting software is easy to use with other services, such as Apple’s iCloud, web-based email, and payments.
While moving to the cloud may not be a necessary step now, there are tangible business benefits associated with the move.
Here are five more reasons why adopting the cloud can work for your business.
- It is affordable.– The costs of investing in hardware, servicing the network and software licenses are much higher than the cost of cloud services.
- You can earn more money – By reducing costs and increasing efficiency (the cloud offers) it puts your business in a position to increase revenue and profits.
- It saves time, it saves you money – Cloud can save up to 10 hours of work per month, according to Float Research. Reducing the time spent managing infrastructure instead of using services saves the IT department almost a day a month. This time can be used to leverage technology for business innovation and competitive advantages.
- Security – As more cloud providers enter the market, competition between them increases. There are two offerings that attract customers: price and security. It is for this reason that the highest level of security implemented is probably higher than your business’s current in-house security.
- Transition is easy. – Some businesses worry that moving to the cloud will be a difficult and time-consuming experience. However, cloud providers and software options make the transition to the cloud easier and simpler.
Business technology must be built around the forces shaping consumer technology – social, mobile, apps and cloud.
These service providers are now offering; Technology solutions to help your business save money. In a time of seismic technological change and digital innovation, we at Sage empower you to leverage technology that works for your business. The future is mobile and being able to control your business from the palm of your hand.
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